U.S. states are like snowflakes, no two are alike. Different shapes and sizes, different cultures, and different problems.
California has smog, New Jersey is taxed to the hilt, Florida can't beat all the drug smuggling, and now it seems Mississippi has a big fat problem.
New data shows Mississippi has the highest number of obese children in the country.
Published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers found in 2007 the number of overweight 10 to 17 year olds was 45%, and 22% for obese kids - not surprisingly a jump from 4 years ago.
Back in 2003, among kids in that age group, the number of overweight children was 37%, and 18% for obese.
Researchers say fatter states were also places where people spend more time watching television, and less time exercising - no, you don't say!
But not all states have a weight problem. Oregon had the fewest obese boys, posting 11%, and in Wyoming the number of obese girls was only 6%.
Overall, southern and midwestern states have the biggest obesity issues. Even still, it probably varies within each individual state too.