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Thursday, August 25, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

The mermaid on the bike is svelte and thin. Coincidence? Originally uploaded by Myszka.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports that obese people are more than three times more likely to have knee or hip replacement than the general population. Nine of ten knee replacement patients in 2003-2004 were overweight or obese; seven out of ten hip replacement patients were overweight.

In the United States, obesity rates are rising in every state except Oregon. Mississippi is the fattest state with 29.5 percent of the adult population classified as obese in 2004. My home state of Colorado is the slimmest with 16%. Although Oregon has a third more fat people than Colorado, they're getting the most press because their fatness ratio is unchanged over previous years.

Canadians get their spare parts for almost free. In the U.S., new knees start at $10,000 and can go way up from there. Start saving up now or do something to shed the pounds. Cyclelicious recommends bike riding. Cycling is easy, fun, healthy, and easy on the knees.

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