Huntington, W.V. is the unhealthiest part of the good ole U.S. of A. No? Don’t believe me? Try these stats on for size, courtesy of the CDCA: Nearly half the adults are obese, the area leads the nation in incidences of heart disease and diabetes; the poverty rate is 19 percent almost 50 percent of people 65 and older have lost their teeth.
Grim shit all around.
Luckily, though, they have British superstar chef Jaime Oliver on their side. The Super Chef has become something of a healthy-food community organizer over the past several years and the NY Times gives him the lengthy profile treatment.
Earlier that day, Oliver met with a pediatrician, James Bailes, and a pastor, Steve Willis. Bailes told him about an 8-year-old patient who was 80 pounds overweight and had developed Type 2 diabetes. If the child’s diet didn’t change, the doctor said, he wouldn’t live to see 30. Willis told Oliver that he visits patients in local hospitals several days a week and sees the effects of long-term obesity firsthand. Since he can’t write a prescription for their resulting illnesses, he said, all he can do is pray with them.