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W.Va., Mississippi top nation in adult obesity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new report by two public health groups shows West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest adult obesity rates in the nation. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found adult rates at 35.1 percent in both states. Colorado continued to be the thinnest state at 21.3 percent. ...

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Another report has state tops on obesity ranking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new report by two public health groups shows West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest adult obesity rates in the nation. The report released today by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found adult rates at 35.1 percent in both states. Colorado continued to be the thinnest state at 21.3 percent. ...

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Pass the mashed potatoes — Mississippi the fattest state again

Did you think healthy eating habits had changed in the Jackson Metro area or in Mississippi, in general? Fat chance. A Gallop Well Being survey listed Mississippi as the fattest state in the nation with 35.4 percent of it’s population listed as obese. Not to be outdone, Jackson was the ninth-ranked city in America for obesity at 33.9 percent. Memphis, ...

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Obese employees a great risk for workers’ compensation claims than older workers

With the average age of American workers increasing, there have been concerns that more older workers could result in higher workers’ compensation claims. But the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has found that is not true. Liles Williams, chairman, Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, attends the NCCI annual meeting almost every year. “A couple years ago, NCCI was saying the ...

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Mississippians may top obese list because they're too honest. Do you fudge on your weight?

Here’s a pretty interesting story from Mike Oliver at al.com. According to a survey at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mississippi and Alabama may rank highest in obesity rates because Southerners are more truthful when asked about their weight. The central United States actually may be slightly more obese when scales are brought into the process. Here’s the link ...

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New studies show that pleasantly plump ain't so bad after all

Maybe being overweight in Mississippi isn’t as terrible as we once thought. In a story appearing on The Daily Beast, the world of public health was knocked off the rails a bit this week with therelease of a study demonstrating that you can, in fact, be too thin. Reviewing 97 studies involving almost 3 million people divided into groups according to ...

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State sees first decline in adolescent obesity in 10 years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s obesity rate in high school students (grades 9-12) has dropped by 12.7 percent, knocking the state’s teens out of the number one spot down to number five in obesity nationwide. Mississippi’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey found the rate of obesity among Mississippi high school students to be 16.5 percent, down from 18.1 percent in 2009. ...

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Put down that margarita: Booze calories nearly equal to soda's for U.S. adults

NEW YORK  — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, ...

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Put down that margarita, report says booze contains as many empty calories as Big Gulp

NEW YORK — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, ...

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Report: Nearly 70% of state's residents will be obese by 2030

NEW YORK — A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese — not merely overweight, but obese. Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults will be ...

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