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Episode 3 Pt. 1 | Mississippi's Big Problem | MPB

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Uploaded on Sep 1, 2011

MPB explores how obesity impacts the state's economy. Host Dr. Rick deShazo follows the money trail linking obesity, health care and economics.

"The adverse economic effects of obesity on Mississippi are amplified as overweight and obese individuals have, on average, 41.5 percent more health costs per year than normal-weight individuals," said deShazo, host of "Southern Remedy" and professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. "In an economy that requires high levels of educational accomplishment and personal competency, Mississippi's obesity will hinder our ability to rise above our historic last place in economic and educational indicators. The economic realities will continue to result in cutbacks and underfunding of educational institutions and programs in the state unless something changes."

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