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Middle Tennesseans move from fat to fit

August 5, 2011
by Erin Quinn
Tennessean

Tennesseans will do battle over which restaurant makes the best biscuits.

It’s a state where macaroni and cheese is listed under a menu’s vegetable category. Where cornbread and butter is considered a light appetizer. Where even candy bars can be fried.

Thirty percent of Tennesseans are obese, reports Trust for America’s Health, a health advocacy organization. The number climbs to 68 percent when figuring in all overweight people. This geographically skinny state is the fourth-fattest in the nation.

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