Hunger-obesity link hits home

November 24, 2007
by Richard Lake
Clarion Ledger

Sometimes, things do not make sense, and little may be done about them. The weather sometimes turns ugly, just in time for the weekend. And this: Mississippi is America's fattest state, and it is also America's hungriest state. This last fact, when it was reported in The Clarion-Ledger this week, brought its share of heckles from readers. The Trust for America's Health, which yearly ranks states on the percentage of its residents who are considered overweight or obese, gave Mississippi, the highest rate of obesity in the nation. Just a tad over 30 percent of Mississippians are obese. The "hungry" label comes from another group, the Food Research and Action Center. This group was touting an annual report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Poverty is the common thread.

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