The Downside to Mississippi Essay

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Mississippi is so … poor, racist, and unhealthy. These might be the top answers given if you asked anyone about their thoughts on Mississippi. Mississippi consistently tops the list of the poorest states in the nation. The history on the state of Mississippi past and present is still defined by its racist past. Today Mississippi tops the list of the fattest states. The Mississippi Delta region exhibits all these conditions in the worst degree.

The state of Mississippi is so poor that they are ranked last in there Per Capita Income a year. In the Mississippi Delta, some people mostly African Americans live in conditions nearing 3rd world poverty. Homes are ramshackle, food is scarce, and there is standing water and sewage in some places
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That’s how they feel about a black man or woman being a President.

On Dec 12, 2013 there were high rates of obesity and diabetes in a majority of Mississippi’s cities and counties which continues to make Mississippi the unhealthiest state in the country. This may be attributed to Mississippi’s a high poverty rate because poor people tend to eat less healthy. A lot of people in Mississippi has lack of physical activity so that could be another reason. Obesity in adults and children is a top health concern in Mississippi. In 2012 Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the country. In 2011 it was reported that 44% of Mississippi’s kids were overweight or obese and 70% of the adults were and that it is most prevalent in the Mississippi Delta. Along with obesity go a slew of other health problems including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Another cause of obesity in the Delta is the lack available fresh produce in places. In one store in the Mississippi Delta, bananas were starting to turn black in their only grocery store. If you really want quality fresh produce food or fruit you must drive 30 to 45 minutes to find a good grocery store.
Mississippi history is burdened with labels of poverty, racism, and unhealthy lifestyles. Nowhere is more apparent than in the Mississippi Delta region. Poverty, racism, and unhealthy lifestyles are all
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