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Friday, February 11, 2011

Study: Missouri Has 3rd Deadliest Eating Habits in U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Missouri has the third-deadliest eating habits in the nation, according to a study by 24/7 Wall St. and reported by Yahoo! Finance.

The study considered several factors: "...income, access to healthy food sources, the ability to pay for healthy food, the concentration of fast food outlets, and the consumption of fruits, vegetables, sugar, fat and soft drinks."

The study found that while Missouri individual rankings in each of these categories weren't terrible, the cumulative effect of these rankings were.
[Missouri] has the 11th-lowest rates of adults eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, the eighth-greatest rate of food insecurity, and relatively high rates of soft drink, sweet snack and solid fats consumption. Missouri has the ninth-worst rate of obesity among adults, with 30% having a body mass index greater than 30.
The only states that fared worse in the study than Missouri? Alabama has the country's second-worst eating habits, and Mississippi the worst. In fact, Mississippi is not only the worst overall, but the state has the highest rates of adult obesity and adult diabetes.

I suppose this makes up for the exclusion of St. Louis from the Daily Beast's list of "Fast-Food Capitals."

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