Studies have shown that the South is the most obese part of the United States. From a 2012 Centers for Disease Control report: "The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%)."
But the CDC data on the topic was collected through self-reported surveys. University of Alabama at Birmingham recently took a look at the math by actually weighing people in a long-running study of obesity. When they did, obesity rates were found to be higher for every part of the country. But they also found that certain parts of the country increased less than others. For example, the researchers found that the Northern part of the Midwest had obesity rates up to 10 percent higher than Southern states like Mississippi and Alabama, which often rank near the top.
The study still puts the South at a 31 percent obesity rate, which is... bad. But not the worst, researchers say. Mississippi, considered the most obese state, was ranked fourth in this study, and Alabama fell somewhere in the middle.
So what happened? The researchers speculate that obesity is less of a stigma in the South: when comparing weighed-weights versus survey-weights, all of the numbers increased--but the numbers for the South increased less. Scales don't lie, even if people do.
The USA being a highly advance society is making preparation for global warming and the ocean\sea rise, by eat more so we all float as the water rises!
I see that you speak "Engrish" very well and, perhaps, you should research "people in glass houses should not throw stones"... savvy Cochise?
This article is a disgusting example of bigotry. It insinuates that people in "the south" are obese, and by implication undisciplined, stupid and lazy.
In reality, it matters little about the self-reported rate of obesity in a population sample. On the other hand, a statistic that matters far more to most citizens is the number of welfare recipients in a state. In this regard, California is by far the worst state in the nation, since it has over 30% of the country's welfare recipients but only 10% of the nation's population.
I've lived my whole life on the west coast. I went to east Texas a few weeks ago for work and New Orleans a month before that.
Everyone in the South is freaking huge. I had never seen so many morbidly obese people in one day in my entire life. There is a difference. And the difference is very noticeable.
Dirty- apparently you've never been to the west coast of southern California. If you took a walk through the Hispanic neighborhoods of east LA, or Santa Ana in Orange County, you'd have seen the typical young Hispanic woman sporting a pot belly.
Thus one must ask the question, would these young Hispanic women be this fat if they were still living someplace other than the US?
my wife is from California, and when I posed the question to her she declared "more honest"! Fact is though, she is not fat, but I (originally from the South)am overweight!