Too heavy: Obsesity rates soar. Time to start a national diet.

July 6, 2009
The Fayetteville Observer

We're fat. Sorry, there's no delicate way to put it. In the nation's pantheon of overweight states, we're way up there.

It won't do to say we're not as bad as Mississippi or Alabama or Georgia. It's true. We aren't. But North Carolinians are still the 12th most-overweight in the country - a country that is too heavy for its own good.

The nation's obesity rankings, announced Wednesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, contain no good news. Baby boomers are getting even more overweight and not a single state saw a decline in average weight. Adult obesity rates top 25 percent in 31 states. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate more than 20 percent. This year, only Colorado has less than 20 percent. Childhood obesity has more than tripled since 1980.

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