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Obesity levels stable but still worrisome in state

July 1, 2009
by Elizabeth Cooney
The Boston Globe

The nation's obesity crisis has hit Massachusetts hard -- just not as hard as the rest of the country, according to a study that takes the measure of the nation's waistline.

About 21 percent of adults in the state are obese, a figure that, while alarming, is among the lowest in the country (only Colorado is lower). But the state's children do not share that distinction: At 30 percent - a rate that combines overweight and obesity - they are among the middle of the pack nationally as the state prepares to begin screening children to determine if they weigh too much.

The troubling numbers come from an annual analysis released today by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy focused on health. The report, based on federal data gathered differently for adults and children, also sounds an alarm about aging and overweight Baby Boomers.

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