No Southern comfort in obesity
For many blacks in the South, healthy living is at odds with the culture
By David Person
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. “” We Southerners are proud of our cuisine, but we could do without the distinction of once again being the most obese region in the country.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded what many Americans have seen, and known, for years: Obesity is a major problem in the USA, but especially in the South. And African Americans in the South (like me) are the group with the highest obesity rates.
Alabama native Ronald Wyatt, a doctor of internal medicine and a fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement at Cambridge, Mass., summed up the study this way: For every 100 obese whites in the South, there are 151 obese blacks.
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