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Parents Oblivious to Overweight Kids

July 1, 2010
by Claudia Kalb
Newsweek

 

The obesity alarm bells are ringing again. A new report out this week finds that more than two thirds of states (38 total) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent—a striking increase since 1991, when no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Hardest hit: Mississippi, which weighed in at 33.8 percent, followed by Alabama and Tennessee (tied at 31.6 percent), West Virginia (31.3 percent), and Louisiana (31.2 percent).

The report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010”, released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), documents disturbing racial, ethnic, and economic disparities, too. Obesity rates for blacks and Latinos were higher than whites in at least 40 states; and 35.3 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 a year ranked as obese, compared with 24.5 percent of Americans making $50,000 or more. A lot of statistics. A lot to worry about.

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