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Californians getting fatter

August 20, 2008
by Jerry Berrios
Los Angeles Daily News

Californians and most other Americans are getting fatter and doctors see no slimming trend in sight as the squeezed economy will likely lead to even bigger waistlines, a report released Tuesday said. Californians pudged up at a slower rate than the rest of the nation, with the Golden State's obesity rate rising to 23.1 percent of its adult population, up from from 22.7 percent the year before, according to the report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But 40 other states are now fatter than California, compared with 35 in last year's study. "California is doing better than other states, but still has a long way to go," said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan health-advocacy group. "I think the state recognizes that."

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