By Ashley Conroy - email
RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Most Mississippians already know the state has the highest ranking of obesity in the nation.
However, according to a study by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state is also considered number two when it comes to laziness.
Louisiana was ranked number one and Arkansas as number three.
Rankings were based on several factors including time spent sleeping, watching television, and socializing.
The study found that Mississippians on average sleep 8 hours and 59 minutes a night, spend 2 hours and 54 minutes watching TV, and spend around 41 minutes daily socializing.
For Clinton resident Vicki Barlow, even on a hot summer day, she says she still gets her kids and grand kids outside to play.
"We go fish, we walk around the lake. Last night we did push-ups and sit-ups in the living room [laughs]."
Barlow even admits she thinks Mississippians probably eat too much.
"I don't think we're that lazy, I think we eat too much [laughs]."
LaMichael Walker and his daughter Trinity Palmer from Jackson were out shopping at the Renaissance on Friday.
Walker says he tries to get out and walk a few times a day, but he admits that life in Mississippi is to work hard and play hard.
"Working hard, playing hard, living good, eating good. All that goes together." Walker continued, "But that don't mean we're lazy. It just means we like to have fun."
Raimie Ford with the Mississippi Recreation and Park Association says getting outdoors for folks in this state is easy.
"We have golfing, and fishing, and hunting, and canoeing, and biking all of those things are available from anybody's house within probably 15 minutes."
The MRPA reports that Mississippi has 25 state parks, and currently 300 cities in the state belong to their association.
For Barlow she says it's important to start children young, then she says they make it a habit.
"Start young. Don't let them sit at home and watch TV, turn on the music and let them dance, and play outside."
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