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Editorial: Don't drink it and drive

July 18, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Philadelphia Inquirer

"F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America" uncovered a staggering statistic: Two-thirds of adults are either obese or overweight. In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15 percent.

Over the last year, the obesity rate increased in 23 states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mississippi led the list as the heaviest state for a fifth straight year.

Even more troubling, childhood obesity is also on the rise, tripling nationwide since 1980. In 30 states, at least 30 percent of the children are in the same predicament as their parents.

Experts blame junk food, fast food, and sedentary lifestyles.

What a fat state of affairs. And experts say it could get worse if current economic conditions continue and Americans are less likely to eat healthy meals.

The report, released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, makes the case that the country needs health-care reform now more than ever. It suggests a national strategy to combat obesity and address it as a growing epidemic.

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