Mississippi Has The Highest Obesity Rate In America
According to a new CDC study, Mississippi is the land of the chub.
Yes, you do look fat in that dress, Mississippi. A new study analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the nation. But even with 34.9 percent of its residents clocking in as obese, The Hospitality State is hardly alone. Twelve states report more than 30 percent of their population as overweight.
“Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,” said Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).
“The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we’re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings,” Levi said.
According to the study, Colorado is the slimmest state, with 20.7 percent of its residents falling into the obese category.
Daaayyum. Almost Thirty-five of the entire pooluation is a significant percentage of overweight residents. Coincidentally, Mississippi also has the largest African-American population out of all 50 states at 37%.
We have to do better, folks. Do you think this study is accurate?
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