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WLOX Editorial: MS tops list for fattest in the nation

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It's a distinction Mississippi needs to shed, but to do that, we'll have to shed a few pounds too. Once again, our state tops the list as the fattest in the nation.

Numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show almost 35% of Mississippians are classified as obese. The good news is we are not just throwing up our hands saying pass another donut.

Our state is doing more to get children on the road to a healthy life. Schools encourage exercise. Soda and snack machines are gone from the schools. Fattening items on lunch trays is being replaced with fruits and vegetables and many districts are replacing deep fat fryers with ovens to cook tasty crispy food.

Here along the coast we have more places to get out and walk than ever before, the Harrison County boardwalk, the bridges and of course the beach.

The experts tell us just 30 minutes of activity a day and watching what we eat will take off the pounds and help prevent diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other diseases. And it will help Mississippians be healthier and hopefully shed the title of fattest state in the nation.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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