JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - A new report by two public health groups has Mississippi and West Virginia tied for having the highest adult obesity rates in the nation.
The report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found adult rates at 35.1 percent in both states.
Nine of the ten states with the highest rates are in the South. During the last few years, Mississippi and Louisiana have been neck-and-neck for the highest obesity rates. This study, however, placed Louisiana 6th.
Colorado continued to be the thinnest state at 21.3 percent.
Mississippi is also worst in the nation for heart disease and for low birth-weight babies. That's according to the State's Annual Public Health Report Card that was recently released earlier this year.
The President of the Mississippi State Medical Association says teaching children about exercise and proper nutrition could help reverse some of the state's terrible health trends.