ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) –
The South tips the scales again as the nation's fattest region, according to a new government survey. More than 30 percent of adults in each of the states tipped the scales enough to ensure that the South remains the nation's fattest region.
The 2007 findings are similar to results from the same survey the three previous years. Mississippi has had the highest obesity rate every year since 2004. But Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Louisiana have also clustered near the top of the list, often so close that the difference between their rates and Mississippi's may not be statistically significant.
Why is the South so heavy? The traditional Southern diet -- high in fat and fried food -- may be part of the answer, said Dr. William Dietz, who heads CDC's nutrition, physical activity and obesity division. The South also has a large concentration of rural residents and black women -- two groups that tend to have higher obesity rates, he said.
Fried Chicken, chicken fried steak, corn bread, fries....I'm getting really hungry!