Georgia 14th in ranking of adult obesity

August 28, 2007
by Bob Dart
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hold the grits and gravy, y'all! Ten of America's 15 fattest state populations are in Dixie including Georgia, which ranks 14th in the adult rate of obesity and 12th for youths ages 10 through 17, a health report to be released Tuesday found. Part of blame falls on the traditional Southern diet heavy on fried foods and down home carbohydrates in cornbread, biscuits, peach cobbler and such. But the region's obesity can also be linked to lifestyle and economics, said the authors of the annual report by Trust for America's Health.

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