Mississippi declared the fattest state!


Why do people keep calling me?
Jun 27, 2005
Berkeley, CA

JACKSON, Miss. - Experts say Mississippians need to skip the gravy, say no to the fried pickles and start taking brisk walks to fight an epidemic of obesity.

According to a new study, this Deep South state is the fattest in the nation. The Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, says Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese.

Aside from making Mississippi the butt of late-night talk show jokes, the obesity epidemic has serious implications for public policy.

If current trends hold, the state could face enormous increases in the already significant costs of treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments caused by the extra poundage.

"We've got a long way to go. We love fried chicken and fried anything and all the grease and fatback we can get in Mississippi," said Democratic state Rep. Steve Holland, chairman of the Public Health Committee.

Poverty and obesity often go hand in hand, doctors say, because poor families stretch their budgets by buying cheaper, processed foods that have higher fat content and lower nutritional value.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — a self-described "recovering foodaholic" who lost 110 pounds several years ago — explained during a Southern Governors' Association meeting in Biloxi last weekend that there are historical reasons poor people often fry their foods: It's an inexpensive way to increase the calories and feed a family.

Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation, and the Delta is the poorest region of Mississippi.

Dr. Marshall Bouldin, director of the diabetes and metabolism center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told the Southern governors that if the Delta counties were excluded, "Mississippi would wind up being about 30th in diabetes problems in the United States."

Mississippi's public schools already are taking steps to prevent obesity.

A new state law enacted this year requires schools to provide at least 150 minutes of physical activity instruction and 45 minutes of health education instruction each week for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Until now, gym class had been optional.

The state Department of Education also is phasing in restrictions on soft drinks and snacks.

All public schools are currently banned from selling full-calorie soft drinks to students. Next academic year, elementary and middle schools will allow only water, juice and milk, while high schools will allow only water, juice, sports drinks and diet soft drinks.

The state Department of Education publishes lists of snacks that are approved or banned for sale in school vending machines. Last school year, at least 50 percent of the vending offerings had to be from the approved list. That jumped to 75 percent this year and will reach 100 percent next year.

Among the approved snacks are yogurt, sliced fruit and granola bars, while fried pork rinds and marshmallow treats are banned. One middle school favorite — Flamin' Hot Cheetos — are on the approved list if they're baked but banned if they're not.

State Superintendent of Education Hank Bounds said he hopes students will take home the healthful habits they learn at school.

"We only have students 180 days out of the year for seven hours in a school day. The important thing is that we model what good behavior looks like," Bounds said Monday after finishing a lunch of baked chicken.

Bounds ate at a Jackson buffet that's popular with state legislators. On Monday, the buffet included traditional, stick-to-your-ribs Southern fare: fried chicken, grits, fried okra, turnip greens.

Dr. William Rowley, who worked 30 years as a vascular surgeon and now works at the Institute for Alternative Futures, said if current trends continue, more than 50 percent of adult Mississippians will be obese in 2015.

Holland, who helps set the state Medicaid budget, said he worries about the taxpayers' cost of treating obesity.

"If we don't change our ways," he said, "we're going to be in the funeral parlors ... because we're going to be all fat and dead."
And quote me if I'm wrong, but KFC and Red Lobster aren't exactly nutritious eateries. At least they have watermelon goin for 'em. Ding ding.


New Wackbag
Oct 10, 2004
Adult Obesity League Tables, by State (1 = Highest rates of adult obesity)

1: Mississippi
2: West Virginia
3: Alabama
4: Louisiana
5 (tie): South Carolina,Tennessee
7: Kentucky
8: Arkansas
9 (tie): Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma
12 (tie): Missouri, Texas
14: Georgia
15: Ohio
16: Alaska
17: North Carolina
18: Nebraska
19: North Dakota
20 (tie): Iowa, South Dakota
22: Wisconsin
23 (tie): Pennsylvania, Virginia
25 (tie): Illinois, Maryland
27: Kansas
28: Minnesota
29: Delaware
30: Oregon
31 (tie): Idaho, Washington
33: Maine
34: Florida
35: Wyoming
36: California
37: Nevada
38 (tie): New Hampshire, New York
40 (tie): D.C., New Jersey
42: New Mexico
43: Arizona
44: Utah
45: Montana
46: Rhode Island
47 (tie): Connecticut, Hawaii
49: Vermont
50: Massachusetts
51: Colorado.
And for the future:

Children 10-17 Overweight League Tables, by State

1: D.C.
2: West Virginia
3: Kentucky
4: Tennessee
5: North Carolina
6: Texas
7: South Carolina
8: Mississippi
9: Louisiana
10: New Mexico
11: Alabama
12 (tie): Arkansas, Georgia
14: Illinois
15 (tie) Indiana, Missouri
17: Oklahoma
18: New York
19: Delaware
20: Michigan
21: Florida
22: Ohio
23: Oregon
24: Kansas
25: Virginia
26: New Jersey
27: Massachusetts
28: Wisconsin
29 (tie) Hawaii, Maryland, Pennsylvania
32: California
33: New Hampshire
34: Maine
35: Iowa
36: Nevada
37: Connecticut
38: Arizona; 39 (tie): North Dakota, South Dakota
41 (tie): Nebraska, Rhode Island
43: Vermont
44 (tie) Alaska, Montana
46: Washington
47 (tie): Idaho, Minnesota
49: Colorado
50: Wyoming
51: Utah
Dec 25, 2005
can't say I'm shocked. I noticed the difference whenever I traveled through the south.


Sep 15, 2004
Bring back the good old days of slavery and watch those tubs of lard slim right the fuck down with twelve hour days of backbreaking labor and just enough food to keep them going.


I want to have L'il Jimmy's babies
Aug 10, 2006
Paramus, NJ
There's shitty food available everywhere; I think a lot of the top 10 are states where there just isn't much else to do.


I Want To Kill You All
Mar 11, 2007
Damn Jersey goes from #40 to # 26?

It probably has to do with all the Spanish coming in with their pudgy bellies from eating beans every day.

The two little porkers who live downstairs from me only leave the house to get McDonalds.


I want to have L'il Jimmy's babies
Aug 10, 2006
Paramus, NJ
Damn Jersey goes from #40 to # 26?

It probably has to do with all the Spanish coming in with their pudgy bellies from eating beans every day.

The two little porkers who live downstairs from me only leave the house to get McDonalds.
Well, the first list says adults and the second projected one is children 10-17, so I think Jersey as a whole might still be OK.
Dec 25, 2005
IMO, Excersise isn't a matter of finding something to 'do'.. It's more of a choice. Though it's certainly much more difficult for some people to maintain a decent weight, I've always been a firm believer that if you at least attempt to balance your diet and get off of your ass you shouldn't turn into a mess. You may be overweight, but not horribly so. (No one is perfect!) There are some habits and lifestyle issues involved. As for where they come from, there's a variety of social, educational & availability issues there.. I could go on for a while here.

I'm 5'8" at 140 lbs. Just because I'm skinny doesn't mean I'm healthy. I'm guilty if the same bad habits of the 'messes', though I get my share of excersise.

Edit: What was that song w/ the line 'if you're bored then you're boring' anyway?