Obesity Remains Rampant Across America

Two new studies present troubling picture overall with state-by-state disparities

September 4, 2014
by Margaret Farley Steele

The reports released Thursday -- one from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the other from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- tapped into government data and presented a sobering look at the nation's obesity epidemic.

"Obesity in America is at a critical juncture. Obesity rates are unacceptably high, and the disparities in rates are profoundly troubling," said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health. "We need to intensify prevention efforts starting in early childhood, and do a better job of implementing effective policies and programs in all communities so every American has the greatest opportunity to have a healthy weight and live a healthy life."

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