Friday, September 13, 2013

Mississippi is Simultaneously the Nation's Fattest & Hungriest State


U.S. "hunger" statistics are utterly ridiculous. Globally, obesity is now a larger threat to human health than malnutrition. And while I fully understand real starvation exists in the world, it does not in America. It is simply the various political interests pushing for either more people on the public dole or more corporate welfare for massive agricultural interests.

This is Michael Sauter from the Huffington Post:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service report measures how many households have to limit their food options or even skip meals because they cannot afford enough or healthier food. According to the report, between 2010 and 2012, an average of 20% of Mississippi households had low or very low food security. In that period, an average of one in 12 Arkansas households had at least one family member skip a meal or eat less because of a lack of money. These are the states where the most people go hungry.
And this is Ian Simpson at the Business Insider:
Among U.S. states, Mississippi has the highest proportion of obese adults at 34.9 percent, and Colorado has the lowest, according to a survey released on Monday. 
Mississippi heads 12 states with adult obesity rates of more than 30 percent, trailed by Louisiana and West Virginia, according to the report by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.