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Mississippi youth obesity rate remains worst among states

New government data show Mississippi young people aren’t getting fatter, but remain the fattest nationwide. Among children aged 10-17, 26.1 percent were either obese in 2016-2017, That’s about level with the 26.2 percent based on 2016 data alone. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week analyzing data collected by a federal government survey. Nationwide, 15.8 percent of ...

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ERIC DYESS: Is sugar really as toxic as fat, cholesterol?

For those who watched the episode on “60 Minutes” entitled “Sugar Toxic”, you might be mortified to ever drink another soda or add that carcinogen-laced sugar packet to your latte tomorrow. Maybe you should. As a physician involved with lipoprotein metabolism (think “cholesterol disorders”) for more than 25 years, my immediate reaction to the idea that it is sugar and ...

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West Virginia edges Mississippi for fattest state

A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was ...

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Mississippi’s obesity rate among low-income children stable

Mississippi’s obesity rate among young children from low-income families remains stable at 14.5 percent, but officials note the rate is still too high. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes obesity levels decreased in 31 states and three territories, but increased significantly in four states — Nebraska, North Carolina, ...

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Mississippi adult obesity rate stays second-worst in 2015

New government data shows Mississippi adults are just as obese as ever. The state remained tied for the second fattest in the nation in 2015, with nearly 36 percent of adults reporting they were obese. That rate didn’t change from 2014. An advocacy group, the Trust for America’s Health, released a report Thursday analyzing data collected by a federal government ...

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Mississippi medical center receives record obesity grant

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been awarded a record-high grant to study obesity, one of the state’s most pressing health issues. Medical center officials said in a news release Thursday that it will receive $19.9 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The new center ...

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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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