Texas ranks 19th most obese state in nation
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:56pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Texas is the 19th most obese state in the nation. According to a study, obesity rates are now nearly 30 percent higher than they were in 2010.
KETK spoke with a nutritionist from Trinity Mother Francis, Tami Lawrence, who said, "Some of the southern states do seem to be hit a little bit harder with it. I think a lot of it is because we don't have to walk places we're going. Whereas in some of the metropolitan areas walking is how people get around". By 2030 this could have major health repercussions, resulting in almost 3 million Texans with diabetes, and 6 million with heart disease.
However, Texas is not alone. Heat and humidity are linked to obesity in most Southern states. Lawrence said, "The South is known for a lot of fried food and rich foods. And a lot of gatherings are based around food, so I think it is more prevalent here in Texas". Especially during summer, when indoor air conditioning is more appealing than outdoor activities. Lawrence said, "It does seem worse than what we see on a regular basis".
Even though personal trainer Brian Lacy says exercising outdoors is actually more effective. Lacy explained, "When you work outside it's better, you burn more calories. and it's better for you to work outside than it is inside, in the elements". Just stay hydrated and exercise early in the morning or late at night, to avoid heat stroke. He reminds, "Get out, get active, the main thing is getting active".
The number one most obese state is Mississippi.