Nowhere in the United States are Americans more overweight than in Mississippi and West Virginia, where more than 35 percent of the adult population is now obese, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two Southern states, however, are hardly alone in their alarmingly high obesity rates — another 18 U.S. states, including just about all of the U.S. South, have obesity rates at or above 30 percent.
The exceptions are few and far in between. Only seven U.S. states and one district — Vermont, Montana, Utah, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado and the District of Columbia — registered obesity rates below 25 percent. And only Colorado, the least obese state in the country, and Hawaii, the second least, registered obesity rates below 22 percent.
FK – Of course they have to pick on southerners but they deserve it. Kentucky is hanging in there with ’em. I see a lot more fat people than years ago. It especially breaks my heard to see a fat kid with fat parents. What an example. I’ve fought it all my life with a slow metabolism and an early addiction to sugar and still powerful craving for ice cream in the slightest warm weather but at least I get off my ass and try to do get some real exercise. Do you?
Oh, and West Virginia isn’t ‘the south.’ They broke off from Virginia and sided with the Yankees. But that’ll only be mentioned in the appropriate propaganda piece.