"The South tips the scales again as the nation's fattest region, according to a new government survey.
More than 30 percent of adults in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are considered obese. In part, experts blame Southern eating habits, poverty and demographic groups that have higher obesity rates.
Colorado was the least obese, with about 19 percent fitting that category in a random telephone survey done last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Overall, about 26 percent of the respondents were obese [1 in 4 Americans], according to the study, published this week in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The 2007 findings are similar to results from the same survey the three previous years. Mississippi has had the highest obesity rate every year since 2004. But Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Louisiana also have clustered near the top of the list, often so close that the difference between their rates and Mississippi's may not be statistically significant.
The South has had high death rates from heart disease and stroke, health risks that have been linked to obesity, some experts noted." (source)
I love Southern cooking, but I see how eating like Paula Deen every day could cause major weight and artery problems... I have been saying it for YEARS, but it bears repeating --if Americans would do something as simple as cut soda out of their diets, I bet the obesity rate would drop dramatically...