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Today's Topic: Obesity fight gets no easier

July 17, 2009
by Editorial Staff
The Tennesean

The issue is especially gripping regarding children. A report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that Tennessee ranked fourth in the nation for obesity among adults at 30.2 percent. The fattest state is Mississippi at 32.5 percent. Tennessee ranked fifth worst in the country for childhood obesity at 36.5 percent. That figure, which applies to kids ages 10-17, is appalling. It should motivate the state to re-emphasize the importance of physical activity. And if children see calorie counts on menus from an early age they will start life with a foundation of understanding that what they eat and how much they eat will have a lot to do with their long-term health.

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