While Maryland is the richest state in America, Mississippi holds two titles at the other end of the list. According to the US Census Bureau Mississippi is the poorest and fattest state in America.
The US Census Bureau has a report that highlights the poorest states in America. Mississippi is the poorest but it is also the fattest state in America. These two titles had some thinking there might be a correlation between poverty and obesity.
Although the fattest state in America title hasn’t sparked all that much controversy, gaining the poorest state in the U.S. has. Mississippi is now being looked at as a smudge, a black hole in the U.S. budget, where nothing ever goes fine. It was along these lines that the Huffington Post described the state this Tuesday after the US Census Bureau stated Mississippi’s poverty rate is 21 percent, almost 6 percent higher than the national rate.
“Mississippi is among the states with the worst education systems, highest obesity levels, highest unemployment, and lowest rates of health insurance coverage” reads Huffington Post’s report. “The state is an economic black hole, and it shows in the way people suffer there. And, as is true with black holes, it is nearly impossible for the residents…to escape their difficult financial situations” the report reads.
A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control had Mississippi pined as the most obese state in America. It is the sixth year in a row Mississippi is the fattest state in America. Adult obesity reached 34.9 percent in Mississippi and it might well be one of the reasons the state is currently the poorest in the United States.
Obesity is often correlated to a fast-food based diet, which is also the cheapest, thus the most affordable. But obesity also means a steep increase in health care cost and a drop in employment, since obese people are often rendered incapacitated to actually work for a living by their own health condition.
“Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced” warned Jeffrey Levi, an executive director at Trust for America’s Health.