Louisiana has long been an enemy of lists. This past year was no different: Louisiana placed eighth on Trust for Americas Health Fattest States list and 47th on United Health Foundations Healthiest States list. It seems that the rest of the Bible Belt is the only thing keeping us from being Americas undefeated fat-and-unhealthy state.
While we may be fat, we sure do seem to be happy: a recent study measuring how satisfied people are with their lives ranks Louisiana as number one. The study by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention compares self-reported happiness with objective quality of life standards.
One major problem with the study is that it did a portion of its measuring of residents satisfaction, as well as quality of life standards, before Hurricane Katrina. That might have skewed results, but I would say that were a pretty happy state it was probably our happiness, particularly with eating and drinking, that lead to our less flattering rankings in health-related studies.