Here's the solution to weighty problem

December 12, 2011
by Richard Feldman M.D.
Muncie Star Press (Indiana)


Last July, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health released its annual report on the status of our America's obesity epidemic. Things are bad and getting worse.

Two decades ago, no state had an adult obesity rate over 15 percent. Now, all states except Colorado (19.8 percent) have levels above 20 percent; 12 states have obesity rates over 30 percent (Mississippi is highest at 34.4 percent); and two-thirds of states have obesity levels over 25 percent.

Indiana's rate is a hefty 29.1 percent. Yes, it's hard to believe there are fatter states than Indiana, but Indiana has lowered its position over the past decade to 15th highest nationally. It is not that Indiana is improving; other states are just catching up with our pioneering obesity accomplishments. In fact, Indiana's obesity has increased by 60 percent since 1995.



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