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As players bulk up, health risks rise

October 25, 2007
by John Naughton
Des Moines Register

According to a study released in August by the national organization Trust for America's Health, obesity rates increased in 31 states last year - including a slight increase in Iowa, which is tied for 20th in national ratings. The weighty trend is evident among high school football linemen, said Iowa State graduate student Kelly Laurson, who co-wrote a study that found obesity risks for players. The average Iowa lineman stood 5-foot-11 and weighed 203 pounds - a body mass index of 28.3, which is classified as overweight and 12 pounds away from obesity.

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