Weight of our state: 14th fattest

August 30, 2006
by Jean P. Fisher
Raleigh News & Observer

A national report Tuesday fingered North Carolina as one of 31 states where residents are getting rounder -- the same day state officials launched an ambitious but unfunded new strategy to turn the tide. Nearly 26 percent of the state's adults weighed in as obese in 2005, up almost a full percentage point, according to new numbers reported Tuesday. An additional 37 percent of adults were overweight. Put it all together, and the state is the nation's 14th fattest, according to "F as in Fat," an annual report on the thickening American waistline released by Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based health advocacy group.

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