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We are so fat, report says

July 1, 2009
by Mary Ann Roser
Austin American-Statesman

A new report, F as in Fat, says Texas ranks 14th in the nation - in how fat its adults are.

The ranking means 27.9 percent of Texas adults are overweight or obese, according to the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, two non profits dedicated to health issues. In the same report, the state had the 20th highest rate of overweight youths, ages 10 to 17, at 32.2 percent.

In no state did adults lose weight, the report says. Texas' ranking didn't budge from last year. (The new data are based on combined rates for 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to the executive summary.)

And while Baby Boomers may work out more than their parents, they are fatter, the report says, which does not bode well for future Medicare costs.

"Our health care costs have grown along with our waist lines," said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, said in a statement. "The obesity epidemic is a big contributor to the skyrocketing health care costs in the United States. How are we going to compete with the rest of the world if our economy and workforce are weighed down by bad health?"

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