Everyone knows that Alabama and Mississippi lead the nation in
oversigning overeating, right? The obesity rates are astounding, and science shows those fat pigs are just waiting to catch the diabeetus.
New research from UAB (Go Blazers) shows that the East South Central region (AL, MS, TN and KY) actually finished fifth out of nine regions. Who came out on top when it comes to the widest middles?
the West North Central part of the country, which includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, is the fattest area — with a 41 percent obese population.
That's right. The upper Midwest.
Why the discrepancy?
It turns out that the previous assumptions were based on studies using self-reported data, and the East South Central region was the least willing to lie:
“Asking someone how much they weigh is probably the second worst question behind how much money they make,” [public health researcher Dr. George] Howard explained. “From past research, we know that women tend to underreport their weight, and men tend to over-report their height.”
Howard said as far as equivalency between the self-reported and measured data sets, the East South Central region showed the least misreporting.
“This suggests that people from the South come closer to telling the truth than people from other regions, perhaps because there’s not the social stigma of being obese in the South as there is in other regions,” Howard said.
Turns out Catlab was on to something.