Mississippi Once Again Tops Obesity List
(Southaven, MS) After gaining status as the most obese state in the nation, Mississippi began working on initiatives to change that,.
Latest figures however show Mississippi still at the top of the obesity list.
Betty Chambers told us the findings don’t surprise her at all, since she doesn’t see people trying very hard, ”I don’t think we exercise enough, get out and do anything”.
Experts say the consequences are dire.
Health problems from diabetes to heart and kidney failure all come from our diet and activity levels.
Experts also say the most lasting effects don’t happen right away, so Mississippi’s standing comes as no surprise to them.
”It’s disappointing but not surprising. It takes time to change the community and the obesity rates. It’s not something that’s gonna happen overnight,” said Lindsay Robeck, Clinical Dietitian with Baptist DeSoto Hospital.
Robeck says by 2015 it’s predicted that 75 percent of the population will be overweight, and the time is now for people of all ages to start eating better, and becoming more active, ”Hopefully we can keep losing that weight progressively but it happens too fast then we don’t want to re-gain it.”
Betty Chambers believes Mississippi is on the right track,”I think the schools are doing a really good job changing the lunches and stuff I Think that’s a good start yes it is.”
Lots of people here say they’re changed at least some of their habits in part, because they’ve learned the serious health consequences of being overweight.