Americans Keep Getting Heavier
July 6, 2009
by Jeannine Stein
Los Angeles Times
Americans are fat and getting fatter, according to a new report that finds that adults and children in the United States continue to pack on the pounds. Adult obesity went up in 23 states, according to the report released last week by advocacy groups Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. If that weren't bad enough, in 30 states, the percentage of overweight or obese children is at or above 30%. Take a bow, Mississippi, you're No. 1 for the fifth year in a row, with an adult obesity rate of 32.5%. Colorado ranks lowest at 18.9%. And California is in 41st place with 23.6%. Mississippi also holds the No. 1 spot for obese and overweight children ages 10 to 17, with a rate of 44.4%. Ouch.
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