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State Thinner But Not Thin

OBESITY REPORT Rell veto of calorie law doesn't help fat fight

July 10, 2009
by Editorial Staff
The Hartford Courant

You might not jump to this conclusion from surveying the crowds at the beach, but Connecticut has one of the lowest rates of obesity in the nation, according to a study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nearly 60 percent of Connecticut adults and more than 25 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds are overweight or obese, according to the report. These figures are 6 to 7 points lower than the national averages - but still disconcertingly high. They tell us that many residents may face the increased health problems and costs associated with obesity.

The report recommends, among other things, requiring restaurants to make nutrition information available so that customers are more aware of what they eat.

Unfortunately, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has just vetoed such a measure. The bill would have required major chain restaurants to publish calorie counts on their menus and menu boards.

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