Carrying a spare five pounds? Gov. Snyder says knock it off

September 14, 2011
by Ron Dzwonkowski
Detroit Free Press

Acknowledging that “I’ve got a few pounds to lose, folks,” Gov. Rick Snyder is asking Michigan residents who are obese to drop some weight as a start on improving the state’s overall health.

With an adult obesity rate of 30.5%, Michigan was named the 10th most obese state in the country this summer in a report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report says the rate of obesity — defined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “ranges of weight that are generally greater than what is considered healthy” and increase the risk for certain diseases and health problems — has increased in Michigan by 77% during the past 15 years. It was around 17% in the mid-‘90s. Michigan is among a dozen states with a rate above 30%.


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