Posted by: shoji | August 28, 2007

Fat epidemic

Highest rates of obesity yet (as determined by telephone survey). Unfortunately, we now have data showing an increase in obesity in adolescents.

clipped from www.baltimoresun.com
Mississippi became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adults considered to be obese. West Virginia and Alabama were just behind, according to the Trust for America’s Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

Colorado continued its reign as the leanest state in the nation with an obesity rate projected at 17.6 percent.


This year’s report, for the first time, looked at rates of overweight children ages 10 to 17. The District of Columbia had the highest percentage — 22.8 percent. Utah had the lowest — 8.5 percent.

Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last year noting a national obesity rate of about 32 percent — a higher rate than was cited for any of the states in the Trust for America’s Health report. The CDC’s estimate came from weighing people rather than relying on telephone interviews, officials explained.

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