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OUR VIEW: Alabama once again ranks as the second most obese state in the country, a dubious distinction that costs us plenty

July 8, 2010
by Birmingham News Editorial Board
Birmingham News

 

Alabama is full of wonderful people. But too many of us are seriously overweight.

Once again, we've been recognized as one of the fattest states in America, our obesity rate ranking second only to Mississippi. We're tied at No. 2 with Tennessee, which has been, well, gaining on us. In the last list, Tennessee ranked fourth.

Although Alabama's not new to this weighty distinction, the numbers still astonish: 31.6 percent of adult Alabamians were classified as obese over the years 2007 to 2009. This is according to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010," a new report by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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