The Bayou State is tied with Mississippi as the most obese in the nation according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one in three Louisiana adults — 35 percent — are considered obese, a not surprising number considering our cuisine and corresponding rates of heart disease and diabetes.

But according to an LSU obesity expert interviewed by WWL in New Orleans, the percentage of obese adults has at least leveled off, albeit at a dangerously high level. That expert, Dr. George Bray, attributed the state’s poor showing in part to poverty, which tends to correlate with inexpensive and fast foods containing high levels of fat and sugar: “Sugar and fat, as food commodities, are very cheap,” Bray tells the station. “We subsidize them by the federal government, so you might wonder whether the government isn’t actually subsidizing the obesity epidemic.”

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