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Wow! did you all read this Spark article? www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=sur
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It highlights the Trust for America's Health Report which was titled "F as in Fat 2009"

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DailySpark readers, we have an emergency on our hands. It's time to Spread the Spark, stat!

This year's state-by-state obesity statistics are in, and the news isn't good.
Here are some of the highlights of the report, published by the research group Trust for America's Health:

* Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year

* The percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30 percent in 30 states.

* Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity at 32.5 percent, making it the fifth year in a row that the state topped the list.

* Four states now have rates above 30 percent, including Mississippi, Alabama (31.2 percent), West Virginia (31.1 percent), and Tennessee (30.2 percent).

* Eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of obese adults and the highest rates of obese and overweight children are in the South.

* Colorado continued to have the lowest percentage of obese adults at 18.9 percent.

* Adult obesity rates now exceed 25 percent in 31 states and exceed 20 percent in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

* Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight.

* In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.

* In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15 percent.

* Sixteen states experienced an increase for the second year in a row, and 11 states experienced an increase for the third straight year.

* Mississippi also had the highest rate of obese and overweight children (ages 10 to 17) at 44.4 percent.

* Minnesota and Utah had the lowest rate at 23.1 percent.

* Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since 1980.



The report says that the economic downtown could worsen the obesity epidemic. Food prices are expected to keep rising as social services and food pantries are increasingly stretched thin. The recession is expected to lead to higher rates of depression, anxiety and stress--all of which are linked to obesity.

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See the link for the Good News part about this report. With all the hype and focus on weight and health, it is surprising to realize that, as a whole, our country has gotten fatter. emoticon


Edited by: GRACEINAZ at: 7/3/2009 (01:13)
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