Editorial: Tennesseans can walk away from obesity

October 8, 2010
Knoxville News Sentinel


Tennessee's struggles with problems of obesity should be widely known.

If not, here is a sober reminder: Tennessee and Alabama tied this year for the second most obese states in the United States. Only Mississippi beat them out.

By the estimate of the seventh annual report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future," about one-third of the state's residents are seriously overweight. It is small, if any, comfort that nine of the 10 most obese states are in the South.

The report, released in June, was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.

Wallowing in the gloomy data serves little purpose, and that is why we are pleased to know about the Knoxville Track Club's new program that focuses on people who want to make lifestyle changes.


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