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New year motivates students to shed holiday weight

January 25, 2008
by Ashley Henson
Murray State News

It's that time of year when students make bets with themselves about losing holiday weight before Spring Break. According to a new report by Trust for America's Health, Kentucky holds the seventh-highest rate of adult obesity and the third-highest rate of overweight youths in the country. This rate is still rising but not just in the Bluegrass State. Every state experienced an increase within the past year according to the report. This report also found that Washington, D.C. holds the No. 1 spot for the percentage of overweight children with 22.8 percent. The lowest percentage was found in Utah. Eight of the top 10 states with the highest rates were found in the South. Kelly Colonna said her home state of Tennessee being No. 5 on the adult obesity chart was not a surprise. "I feel that southern states definitely have more of a weight problem," Colonna said. "Southern cooking takes a toll on the youth and the adults in the area, and I think sparks a lot of the New Year's resolutions involving weight loss."

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