United stores battling child obesity

October 25, 2009
by Walt Nett
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Obesity for the entire population in Texas is an increasing concern.

In January, the state demographer issued a report estimating that some 5 million Texans are obese. The report forecast that if nothing is done immediately to address the problem, the number could rise to 15 million by 2040.

The "F as in Fat" report, published in July by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, estimated Texas had the 14th highest rate of adult obesity in the nation, at 29.9 percent. The state ranked 20th in obesity among children ages 10-17 at 32.2 percent.

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