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WHY? What makes Mississippi so much unhealthier than Montana? McGrievy suspects it's old-fashioned southern cooking. If it can be fried, it is.
You can blame it on whatever you want--most likely it's a combination of high-fat comfort food and very little exercise--but the South has become the most unhealthy region of the United States.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia by the health of their residents--namely by the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and coronary heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, while diabetes is No. 6. And obesity contributes to both of them.
This report card isn't good.
Mississippi is the unhealthiest state of all. Nearly a quarter of the population is obese, which is the highest percentage of all the states, and there are a staggering 235.8 deaths from heart disease per 1,000 people, the fourth worst in the nation. In addition, 6.2 percent of the population has diabetes.
Take a look at the full article for a great picture of journalistic bias. Somehow fat people are intrinsically unhappy, but no evidence is provided for that. Moreover, the main solution given at the end of the full article is "be a vegetarian." Again, no evidence is provided to demonstrate that vegetarians are any healthier than the rest of us.