Counting the Nationís Obese

August 28, 2007
by Carl Bialik
Wall Street Journal

Because Trust for Americaís Health is seeking to gather public attention on the obesity problem, reporting apparently deflated numbers doesnít further its cause. There is other evidence that the group errs on the cautious side when it comes to numbers, an admirable trait for an advocacy group. It estimates obesity rates on a rolling three-year average, to smooth out potential blips between year-to-year data. And while none of the 50 states nor Washington, D.C., showed a numerical decline in obesity rates, the report only counted increases in the 31 states that showed statistically significant increases.

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