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Heavier Americans Push Back on Health Debate

November 7, 2009
by SUSAN SAULNY
New York Times

Americans are more overweight and obese than they were 10 years ago, or even one year ago, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, which published a state-by-state study in June.

It showed that the trend is up sharply.

Two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese. In four states - Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia - more than 30 percent of adults are obese. In 1991, in contrast, no state had an obesity rate over 20 percent.

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