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Shape Up, America, Before It's Too Late

December 7, 2011
by Scott Henlsey
NPR

 

You might find it hard to believe, but we Americans are, by and large, in better health today than we were 20 years ago.

But there's a problem brewing, according to the 22nd edition of the annual checkup known as America's Health Rankings. Increases in obesity and diabetes threaten to overwhelm the progress we've made on smoking, violent crime and deaths from heart disease and stroke over the past couple of decades.

Back in 1990, 11.6 percent of adults in the U.S. were obese. What's the figure for 2010? A depressing 27.5 percent.

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