Well, the statistics are in and according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Tennessee has the second highest obesity rate in the United States. We are tied with Alabama at 31.6%. Mississippi leads the way with a rate of 33.8%. Now, I know that beating Alabama is something we all live for, but we can gladly let them win this one.
The South as a whole seems to have a real problem with obesity. Ten of the eleven states with the highest obesity rates are in the South. This problem truly deserves all of our attention because with high obesity rates come high rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease just to name a few.
Start With Kids
The best place to fixing this problem is with our kids. Let’s get them outside playing. Let’s throw some chicken on the grill rather than stopping for deep fried chicken nuggets. Understand, I am not an anti-fried food fanatic. I will splurge every once in a while, but we all need to exercise and be mindful of what we eat.
I’m heading down to my erg (my rowing machine) for exercise. You can help us too because we really need to lose this one to Alabama!