Obesity is on the Rise in South Carolina
We have a problem in the Palmetto State. Today, two out of three adults in South Carolina are overweight or obese, and South Carolina now has the 8th highest obesity rate in the nation.
Why Itís Important
Obesity is a major contributor to the diseases that kill the most people in our state, make the most people sick, and cost our state the most money to treat. Research shows that by making better food choices, South Carolinians can prevent obesity and the deadly health problems that come with it.
Addressing the Obesity Epidemic in South Carolina
To help fight the growing obesity epidemic in our state, Governor Nikki Haley and S.C. Department of Social Services (SC DSS) Director Lillian Koller recently announced a plan to request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help South Carolinians who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eat healthy and avoid obesity.
Currently, more than 878,000 South Carolinians participate in SNAP, commonly known as "food stamps," receiving cash benefits of $1.4 billion per year. The list of eligible food items that can be purchased under SNAP includes all consumable products (except alcohol and tobacco), regardless of an item's nutritional value. South Carolina now seeks to update our SNAP food list to better reflect the health needs of our state.
Attend a SNAP Comment Forum
Public comment forums on this topic will be held around the state. Click here for more information.