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Editorial: No gain, less pain

September 29, 2012
News & Record (Greensboro, NC)

 

According to the latest numbers on obesity, the Bible Belt may require some considerable loosening in coming years to make room for expanding waist lines.

In North Carolina, where an unsettling 29 percent obesity rate is bad enough news (28.3 percent in Guilford County), it will only get worse, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. By 2030, the report projects, the number of North Carolinians classified as obese will have surged to a staggering 58 percent.

The South’s weight problems will be especially acute, with top-ranked Mississippi (67 percent), Tennessee (63 percent), Alabama (63 percent), South Carolina (63 percent), Louisiana (62 percent) and Arkansas (61 percent) taking six of the top 10 spots nationally in the projections. All told, 39 states will exceed 50 percent in obesity rates, the report forecasts.

 

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