If the saying "you are what you eat" holds true, then those of us in Alabama are in for some bad news. A new study lists Alabama as the state with the second worst eating habits in the country, right behind Mississippi. The authors of the study say each person in Alabama drinks 77 gallons of soft drinks each year and spends $649 annually on fast food. These habits are troublesome, especially when you look at the rates of obesity and diabetes in our state. The only way to correct this problem is to change our way of thinking when it comes to food. We're a society that values convenience, be it a quick drink we can grab out of a machine or a full meal we can buy on our way home from work without ever leaving our cars. These things are fine in moderation, but when taken to excess, our health pays a price. So do yourself a favor. Plan your meals in advance and set limits on the amount of soft drinks and fast food you and your family eat. It may be a bit less convenient, but it's worth it. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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