- The CDC issued its annual obesity report, confirming that many Southern states have higher risks of obesity.
- Socioeconomic status and race have been noted as risk factors in obesity.
- Environment also plays a role, giving states with exceptional open spaces and parks, like Colorado, an edge.
In Mississippi, the state government added healthy foods to vending machines in state office buildings. Some cities open school gyms to community members on weekends and afternoons, providing safe places to exercise.
Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on obesity issued this week shows that the state is the nation's fattest for the sixth consecutive year -- and its neighboring Southern states round out the bottom of the list: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia all have obesity rates of over 30 percent.
Regionally, the obesity rate for the South was 29.5 percent, followed by the Midwest at 29 percent, the Northeast at 25.3 percent and the West at 24.3 percent.