Tennessee ranks among top ten most obese states again

Tennessee ranks among top ten most obese states again

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Kindall Aaron with East Tennessee Children's Hospital coordinates the childhood obesity coalition. She says overweight kids can have the same problems as overweight adults. Kindall Aaron with East Tennessee Children's Hospital coordinates the childhood obesity coalition. She says overweight kids can have the same problems as overweight adults.
Cheryl Hill, manager of the Knox County Health Department's Healthy Weight program, notes that most of the so-called "fatter states" are in the south or Midwest. Her program helps make our surroundings healthier. Cheryl Hill, manager of the Knox County Health Department's Healthy Weight program, notes that most of the so-called "fatter states" are in the south or Midwest. Her program helps make our surroundings healthier.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee remains among the top ten most obese states in America according to a Gallup poll. The group compiles the list every year.

This time, Mississippi is number one, unseating West Virginia, the state which held the top spot for the last three years.

Delaware rounds out the top three.

Tennessee, meanwhile, ranks seventh with more than 31 percent of its population considered obese. Kentucky is also on the list at number nine with 30.6 percent.

6 News wanted to find out what this means for the health of Tennesseans.

Kindall Aaron with East Tennessee Children's Hospital coordinates the childhood obesity coalition. She says overweight kids can have the same problems as overweight adults.

"Sleep issues to breathing issues, type two diabetes, heart problems," she explained.

Aaron says lifestyle changes need to start early at home, setting small goals first.

"If you're a person who lets your child watch TV for six to right hours throughout the day, then cut that back to maybe seven or five hours. If your someone eats out almost five days a week, try to cut that back to four or three days a week," she said.

If you think your child needs to lose weight ask their doctor for a referral to the Children's Hospital Healthy Ways clinic.

"Not only does it affect children physically, but emotionally. They have issues with stigmas or low self esteem," Aaron explained.

Research shows without intervention, obese children often become obese adults with continuing health issues.

Cheryl Hill, manager of the Knox County Health Department's Healthy Weight program, notes that most of the so-called "fatter states" are in the south or Midwest. Her program helps make our surroundings healthier.

"Working in the community to promote community gardening. Working with work site wellness, or with employers to promote work site wellness," she said.

Hill says we have a lot of benefits already in place.

"Take advantage of our parks and greenways here in Knoxville. Take your entire family. Go out and take a walk."

If you're wondering about the states with the lowest obesity rates, the best three are Montana, Colorado and Nevada.

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