Pemiscot County ranked least healthy county in Missouri

HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - A recent survey on adult obesity ranked Pemiscot County as the least healthy county in Missouri.

About one-third of adults in the United States are obese, according to the CDC. In 2010, every state had an obesity rate of 20 percent or more, with Missouri being one of 12 states to have an obesity rate of more than 30 percent.

Licensed practical nurse Theresa Wiley was considered morbidly obese when she enrolled in Pemiscot County Memorial's Weight Loss and Nutrition Management Clinic in Aug. 2010. She was part of the 33 percent of obese adults that contributed to Pemiscot County being ranked as Missouri's least healthy county in a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"Work, going to school, trying to help out with my family, I had no time to get out and exercise, and on the go all the time, there's just no way to eat like I should," Wiley said.

Family nurse practitioner Abby Morgan said Wiley's story is typical of most of the 30 to 40-year-old female patients that come to the clinic.

"I was slender as a teenager, in my 20's, I've had kids now, I'm working. I don't have time to eat healthy, I don't have time to go to they gym, or I'm simply too tired at the end of the day when I come in, and I've gained 30 pounds over the past few years, and no matter what I've done I cannot get it off. That's the typical story usually you see," Morgan said.

In 2010 every state in the U.S. had an obesity rate of at least one in two people, according to a report from the CDC. Pemiscot Memorial's program, which includes an individualized diet plan and a fat burner injection, has helped Wiley to take herself off the list. "Within in about a six month period, I dropped 30 pounds, 2 pant sizes," she said. "Still have some ways to go, but lowered my blood pressure, my total cholesterol."

"The fat burner the injection that you get, it doesn't control your appetite but it works magic," she said laughing.

Wiley said an increase in energy and a family history of diabetes motivated her to lose weight. Wiley's body mass index was at 40 percent.  A BMI of 30 is considered obese, and 25 is considered overweight.

Morgan has advice for anyone trying to shed pounds."It has to be realistic. That's where people often make the mistake. If it is not a realistic plan, a realistic goal, do not set yourself up for failure."

For more information about the Weight Loss and Nutrition Management clinic in Hayti, MO, call 573-359-6162.

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