The obesity epidemic which is threatening America was not a major issue before 1995.Mississippi has highest rate of both Adult obesity and childhood obesity which is 34.4% and 21.9%, respectively. And this is their seventh time in the first position consecutively. It has been noted that 9 southern states out of 10 have the highest adult obesity rates in US.
No state had the rate of 15% before 20 years. But the situation now is - 38 states have more than 25% obesity rate which is quite alarming. The data shows that in 7 states, the obesity rates have doubled and have also increased by 90% in other 10 states from 1995.
The study also shows that adults who are either less educated or earn less than $15,000 have higher obesity rates.