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Mountain State obesity

West Virginia's curse

March 17, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Charleston Gazette

Time after time, national studies rank West Virginia among the worst places for obesity and related health problems.

A couple of years ago, a report titled "F as in Fat," compiled by the Trust for America's Health, said two-thirds of Mountain State residents are overweight, and 30.6 percent are in the dangerous category of obese. West Virginia ranked third-worst in the nation, behind Mississippi and Alabama.

Almost half of schoolchildren in this state are too plump. "You do have a problem with childhood obesity, and everyone knows it," acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson said during a Charleston visit last year. Dr. Bill Neal of West Virginia University and an army of medics work constantly to monitor and lower youth fat.

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