State must combat childhood obesity

July 6, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Chicago Sun-Times

The state of Illinois recently placed in two national Top Ten lists, but it's nothing to be proud of.

Roughly one of every three children in Illinois is overweight or obese, putting Illinois 10th in the country for children from ages 10 to 17 who are too heavy, according to a new report.

Even worse, Illinois ranks fourth strictly in terms of obesity, with about one out of every five children being obese.

We're tied with Louisiana.

If these statistics, released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, don't compel our state and local politicians to put the issue at the top of their agendas, we don't know what will.

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