- 29.5% of Mississippi residents were obese.
- Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South.
- From 2004 to 2005, the percentage of obese people increased in 31 states and stayed constant in the rest. No state showed a decline.
- "Obesity now exceeds 25% in 13 states, which should sound some serious alarm bells."
- The states with the highest rates of obesity are also those with the highest rates of hypertension and diabetes, which are typically associated with fat.
- At least 27% of healthcare costs in the United States are a result of obesity and lack of physical activity.
Then the kicker: This info was collected through phone interviews, with women generally understating their weight and men overstating their height. "As a result, the data probably underestimate the true extent of obesity."
Shocking and sad.
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