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Let’s get healthy Mississippi: Make the change

This week the annual obesity study by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released and Mississippi tied for number one with regards to adult obesity rates.

The obesity rate for the state is 35.1 percent. 

The report also found that more than one in ten children become obese between the ages of two to five. 

Here in the deep south, southerners enjoy their fried foods, heavy cream sauces and many other delicious local culinary delights. 

There’s nothing wrong with southern cuisine, it is tasty as long as it is enjoyed in moderation. 

A key contributing factor to obesity, the report states, is Americans who earn a lower income. 

Families that earn less money are more likely to take their family to a fast-food restaurant, because the selections are more affordable than buying fruits, vegetables and less time consuming than staying home and preparing a meal. 

When one checks the local coupon ads, there are mainly coupons for foods high in fat content. 

How does a toddler become obese?

They are certainly unable to drive themselves to a fast food restaurant in order to purchase a meal. 

A child that young has no control over their food choices; that responsibility lies with the parents. If children are being taught unhealthy eating habits at a young age, there is a good chance they will continue to make unhealthy choices in adulthood. 

We at the Picayune Item are not against eating out at a restaurant or picking up a quick meal when there are time constraints. 

The key is moderation. Make that trip to the restaurant a special outing that is reserved for weekends or special occasions. 

Learn how to adapt the family budget to a healthier eating plan. 

What may seem quick and easy today could one day lead to a bevy of serious future health problems.