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America Getting Fatter and Fatter

A comprehensive, state-by-state report titled “F as in Fat” shows that obesity rates continue to climb, along with diabetes and high blood pressure. 16 states reported sharp obesity increases. 

What’s the Latest Development?

“America continues to get fatter, according to a comprehensive new report on the nation’s weight crisis. Statistics for 2008-2010 show that 16 states are experiencing steep increases in adult obesity, and none has seen a notable downturn in the last four years. Meanwhile, cases of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure that health experts have long warned would result from the nation’s broadening girth and sedentary ways are becoming increasingly widespread, according to the report, titled ‘F as in Fat,’ released Thursday.”

What’s the Big Idea?

“Until the government takes on the food industry, we’ll continue to see the appalling numbers in this report,” said Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, who was not involved in the report. “These numbers signal an emergency, and we simply have to have the courage and resolve to do more than what we’re doing. Government could start by changing agricultural subsidies, by not making it financially attractive for companies to market unhealthy foods and by placing serious restrictions on marketing to children.”


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