Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, W. Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas and S. Carolina


What do all these states have in common (besides being Southern)? They are the current fattest states in the nation, with more than 30% of adults weighing in as obese. Mississippi, a frequent flyer on this list, tops it off at 33.8%. Are y'all trying for 40%?

Maine, where we live, isn't too much better, tied with Arizona at number 29 with a rate of 25.8% (ayuh). Sadly, only one state has less than 1/5 of its citizens classified as obese. Colorado, at 19.1%.

All this is included in the report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010," issued by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

I know, I know. Nutrition is hard. Fat/salt/sugar tastes good. All the diets are confusing. I'm gonna let you in on a little weight loss/control secret.

Eat less, move more.

Theresa Flaherty