The Fat of the Land is in the South

August 31, 2006
by Bob Dart
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hold those MoonPies, honey chile. According to a national report released Tuesday, the fattest Americans live in Dixie. Eight of the 10 states with the most obese populations are in the South --- nine if you count West Virginia as Southern, as the report does. Georgia ranked 12th, with 25.5 percent of the adult population classified as obese for the three-year period of 2003 to 2005, according to the report by Trust for America's Health. The annual report, titled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America," labels the South the nation's "Biggest Belt" but warns that the porkiness plague is nationwide and growing, and that it carries serious health consequences.

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