Oklahoma Commmissioner of Health, Doctor Terry Cline, said those Oklahoma families which make lower incomes tend to have diets which can foster obesity.
"If I have a family of four to feed on a limited budget, and I have a box macaroni and cheese for a dollar and a quarter, and a banana for 75 cents, I can tell you I'm going for the macaroni and cheese," Cline said.
Cline said Oklahoma ranks among the worst states for childhood obesity.
He gave statewide figures to the Oklahoma City Council, on Tuesday.
Cline said even though Oklahoma's moved up from 49th to 43rd in ranking of the overall healthiest states, he said one out three Oklahomans smoke cigarettes.
He said it turns out more Oklahoma men are quitting smoking as opposed to women.
"Women are not quitting at the same rate as men, and we're not seeing the same declines for women as for men," Cline said."There's been very specific targeting on the part of the toabacco industry toward women."
He says while most states have seen drastic decreases in smoking over the past decade, Oklahoma has seen only minor decreases in smoking rates.
(Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health.)