The national obesity average stands at 24%; Michigan is above average at 29.4%. But that’s nothing compared to Kentucky, where some areas reach as high as 52%:
Jill Day, a Clay County native and assistant professor of human development and kinesiology at Central Kentucky’s Campbellsville University, conducted the first study to examine the underlying causes of obesity in southeastern Kentucky. She reckoned that perhaps a third of children in Manchester were overweight or obese, but of the 277 students whose parents allowed them to participate in the study, about half fit that criteria. But Day said the grim statistics are even more discouraging when you consider the reluctance to discuss the issue.
My brother from skinny Minnesota claims he sees the difference when he comes back to Michigan.