We can't keep ignoring obesity

July 8, 2009
by Editorial Staff
The Lexington Herald Leader

If you are a Kentuckian searching for good news in the annual report on obesity in the United States released last week, you might take comfort in the fact that we're at least not the fattest state in the nation.

That honor falls to Mississippi.

But, truth to tell, there's nothing to be proud of, not for Kentucky, not for any state. Colorado scores the best in the results compiled by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with 18.9 percent close to one in five of adults considered obese. In Kentucky, it's 29 percent, or almost one in three. Mississippi, for the record, is at 32.5 percent.

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