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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Louisiana: still fat (but not as fat as Mississippi)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM


Every week we look forward to— as a city, as a state, as a shared consciousness — the latest online list of horrible, awful things, things we hope (or fear) New Orleans or Louisiana does best. Whether it's the sexiest college campus (congrats, LSU), one of the best cities for "hipsters" (lame, Travel + Leisure) or food trucks (thanks Taceaux Loceaux).

We love TV! We're allergic to stuff! And we're obese! And so are our children!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report and "obesity map," Louisiana has the second highest obesity rate in the U.S. But a special congrats to Mississippi, a state which has climbed to the No. 1 spot for the sixth year in a row. An astonishing 39.4 percent of its population is obese — a figure that no doubt, ahem, tips the scales for the national average, which is 35.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Colorado is the "skinniest" state, but last I checked, does not have 1,000 restaurants serving foot-long loaves of bread filled with fried meat.

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