Krispy Kreme doughnut burgers?


Is anyone concerned about America's obesity epidemic? Clearly, not the Hoosier family, who have invented the obviously titled "Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger."

Sold at the Machine Shed tent at the Wisconsin State Fair, the $5 burger features one burger patty with melted cheese between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. For an extra buck, patrons can top the burger with chocolate-covered bacon on a stick.

A mere 1,000 calories later and you've got yourself a tasty heart attack on a donut. And if that's not enough to fill you up, for dessert there's deep-fried butter.

About 72.5 million U.S. adults are obese. In Wisconsin, nearly 30 percent of the adult population is considered obese. Annual medical costs associated with obesity are estimated to be as high as $147 billion.

Last week the Center for Disease Control said the number of obese people in the United States has increased by 2.4 million since 2007. The report says 9 states – up from 3 in 2007 – now report obesity levels at 30 percent or higher. In 2000, no states were in that category. Not a single state has reached the 15 percent goal set in the CDC's "Healthy People 2010" initiative.