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Mississippi remains among most obese states 

One of the heavier issues in the state of Mississippi continues to be that which involves weight. The weight or excess of weight, that is.   

With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and obesity costing the healthcare system $173 billion each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2023’s Most Overweight and Obese States in America. Mississippi again does not fare well in the issue of obesity.

According to WalletHub, the Magnolia State ranks second in obesity among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

In these specific categories, Mississippi also ranks high in these areas:

  • 4th – percent of Obese Adults
  • 5th – percent of Overweight Children
  • 4th – percent of Obese Children
  • 1st – percent of Physically Inactive Adults
  • 10th – percent of Adults with High Cholesterol
  • 2nd – percent of Adults Eating Less than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day
  • 3rd – percent of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
  • 1st – percent of Adults with Hypertension

“More than seven in 10 adults in the U.S. over age 20 are overweight or obese,” said analyst Cassandra Happe. “Being an unhealthy weight is especially dangerous as we head into the inevitable surge of flu and COVID-19 cases over the winter, as it puts people more at risk for serious symptoms. Now is an ideal time for people to start eating healthier and exercising more.”

Obesity costs the U.S. healthcare system around $173 billion each year, according to the CDC, and while taxpayers all share the burden to an extent, some areas of the country have bigger issues with weight than others. Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arkansas ranked as the next most overweight states after West Virginia. 

Getting started on a weight-loss journey can be difficult, but there are plenty of small steps you can take that will add up to a healthy lifestyle.

Tips for Overweight and Obese Americans

Consult a Healthcare Professional: Talk to a healthcare provider to create a personalized plan tailored to your specific needs and health conditions. They can provide guidance on safe and effective weight management.

Set Realistic Goals: Set achievable, short-term and long-term goals for weight loss. Small, gradual changes are more sustainable and less daunting.

Adopt a Balanced Diet: Focus on a balanced and sustainable eating plan. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats while limiting processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive calorie intake. Plan your meals and snacks in advance to avoid impulsive, unhealthy choices. Include a variety of nutritious foods to meet your dietary needs.

Engage in Regular Physical Activity: Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, as recommended by the CDC. Activities like walking, swimming, or cycling can be good options. 

Find a Support System: Join a weight loss group, work with a dietitian, or seek support from friends and family. Having a support system can be highly motivating. 

Track Your Progress: Keep a food diary or use a tracking app to monitor your eating habits and physical activity. This can help you stay accountable and identify areas for improvement. 

Get Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Poor sleep can disrupt hormones that regulate appetite and lead to weight gain.

For the full report, visit https://wallethub.com/edu/overweight-and-obese-states/16585/.

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