In a new study released by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, it was revealed that Mississippi appears to have the nation’s fattest kids. Kids in that state are more prone to sit inside and watch TV rather than go outside and play. In 2003, 37 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds in Mississippi were overweight and 18 percent were obese; by 2007, those numbers had risen to 45 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
The report also said that Oregon had the least obese kids in the country. It’s the only state where childhood obesity has gone down from 2003-2007. They’re childhood obesity rate is now at 10%.
Breaking it down by gender, the obesity rate for girls rose higher and faster than for boys. Among boys, the rate was again lowest in Oregon, at 11%. Wyoming had the lowest rate for girls, at 6%. Highest were Arkansas for boys and Texas for girls.
The reports failed to explain why Oregon and Wyoming were able to keep their kids fit. Well, we didn’t need to wear our thinking caps for too long before we discovered the reason….the skiing!
Of course this is our humble and unsolicited opinion…but come on! Mt. Hood? Oregon. Jackson Hole? Wyoming. These are two states with incredibly gorgeous, challenging, epic skiing and snowboarding. No wonder their kids are the least obese. They have the most reasons to be active!
Thank you Mt. Hood, Jackson Hole, and all the other ski areas in Oregon and Wyoming. You’re keeping our kids healthy!!