Tackling Michigan's obesity issue requires broad approach

March 13, 2011
by Louise Ahern
Lansing Journal

Olga Dazzo stood before a crowd of a hundred or so under the Capitol dome last month and admitted something not normally heard at a press conference.

"I'm obese," said the newly appointed head of the Michigan Department of Community Health. "My BMI is over 30."

BMI stands for "body mass index," and it's one measurement of how much unhealthy fat a person is carrying around. Anything over 25 is considered overweight and over 30 is considered obese.

Dazzo's explanation for revealing such personal information at a public event was a single word.


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