US obesity becomes bigger challenge

July 1, 2009
by Editorial Staff

Latest figures have shown an ongoing surge in the rate of obesity in 23 US states, indicating that Americans are becoming fatter than they were one year ago.

While the obesity rate among adults has continued to increase, the report shows the rate as having a steady but alarming trend among children.

According to the report recently released by the Trust for America's health, two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight. Some 30 percent of American children are suffering from obesity or are overweight.

"Our health care costs have grown along with our waist lines," said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's health, stressing that tackling obesity can positively influence the recent US economic crisis.

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