Montgomery Advertiser: War on obesity needs new approach

August 12, 2009
by Kym Klass
Montgomery Advertiser

It's not the change Alabama wanted or promised in its fight against fat. After launching a major initiative to help its residents lose weight, the state went from being the third most obese in the country to second, behind only Mississippi.

The results have Alabama officials shifting their focus -- from staying away from fast foods to how changing environmental impact can help people shed pounds.

Grow vegetables. Construct sidewalks. Convert rails to trails.

While some initiatives in the past year did work -- Alabamians lost almost 200,000 pounds in the 10-week Scale Back Alabama weight loss contest -- the state still gained more weight last year, moving from third to second in the 2009 Trust for America's Health's "F as in Fat" study.

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