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Michelle Obama: Childhood obesity a ‘public health crisis'

January 28, 2010
by Bob Keefe
Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

"Obesity in this country is nothing less than a public health crisis," Mrs. Obama said at an event at a YMCA in Alexandria as she prepares to formally launch a national campaign against childhood obesity in the next several weeks. "It's threatening our children, it's threatening our families and, more importantly, it's threatening the future of this nation."...

The state ranks No. 3 in childhood obesity, behind only Mississippi and Arkansas, according to a report last year by the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. More than 37 percent of Georgians aged 10-17 are obese, according to the group.

 

 

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