At 13th fattest in U.S., Texas adults outweighed by their children, who rank 7th

July 3, 2010
by Mary Ann Roser
Austin American-Statesman


A national report last week that says Texas adults are the 13th fattest in the nation had worse news for Texas children: They were the seventh most obese in the nation.

"My heart is saddened," said Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, medical director of the Healthy Living Happy Living program at Dell Children's Medical Center. "A few years ago, there was hope obesity rates were leveling off."

Texas is paying more attention to childhood obesity, and progress is being made, but it takes time for rates to improve, Avila Edwards and others said.


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