Kids need access to choices that will keep them healthy

April 4, 2012
by Don W. Morgan, Ph.D., professor in the department of Health and Human Performance and director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth at Middle Tennessee State University


Obesity has emerged as one of the most challenging health crises that the United States has ever faced. More than two out of three American adults are either overweight or obese, and $147 billion is spent annually on obesity-related medical costs, representing nearly 10 percent of total annual medical costs.

Twelve states now have obesity rates greater than 30 percent. Just five years ago, only one state had that distinction. Tennessee ranks fourth in the nation at just under 32 percent.


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