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The obesity epidemic: 20 years from now

Obesity rates in the United States remain unacceptably high, and the epidemic persists in affecting Blacks and Hispanics

November 23, 2012
by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
Milwaukee Community Journal

 

Obesity rates in the United States remain unacceptably high, and the epidemic persists in affecting Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately. This is abundantly clear in an annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.

For the first time, this year’s report examined how the obesity epidemic could impact our future 20 years from now. Ironically, this forecast has made me reflect on the past.

Thirty years ago, I lived in Philadelphia and was an instructor at Temple University. After a long day of teaching, I remember heading home with my daughter, who was a preschooler at the time. My office looked down North Broad Street, which ran through some of the worst urban blight of any American city in the past several decades.

 

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