A Recent Study Shows 1 in 3 Indiana Residents are Now Obese

A new report reveals Indiana's obesity rate climbing higher. One local woman is doing her part to turn this statistic around.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 5:59 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- One in three Indiana residents are now obese, that's according to a study by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

The study shows the rate of obesity increased from 20% in 1995 to 34% in 2017.

One local woman wants to ensure people that sometimes health takes a priority to money.

Donna Jackson has relied on food stamps to feed her family for the past four years.

She used to visit fast food restaurants to save money and get enough food to fill the family.

"We were happy to just be able to eat at that point and that's the way it is at times for people. So you do what you can to make it through with what you've got at times and that creates weight," said Jackson.

After a rise in her blood pressure, she realized that she had to make a life change.

"I won't live and eat in poverty because I am a smart shopper," Jackson told us.

She suggests people look for coupons ahead of time to get the best discount on the more expensive foods, like salads.

"I use my food stamps to buy healthy items. Make a list of things that you need and shop for those things and first see if they're on clearance or on sale....buy them then," said Jackson.

Her health has taken a priority over money and she only wants to help people get on the right track to clean eating.

It's important to visit a doctor before making any major diet changes.

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