Olympic battle against obesity

August 24, 2008
by Editorial
Boston Globe

AS ATHLETES have been wowing audiences in Beijing, Massachusetts just missed the bronze for American fitness. The state's obesity rate of 20.9 percent is fourth-lowest in the nation, according to new data from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But even the least obese states have little to celebrate. As recently as 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no state had an obesity rate of 15 percent or higher. Ten states, including Massachusetts, were under 10 percent.

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