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    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Survey suggests more than two-thirds of Americans may be overweight or obese.

    Vital Statistics reports that, according to a "nationwide survey of obesity" based "on data for 2005 through 2009 gathered by state health departments with the help of the" CDC, "more than two-thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese, and the percentage is still rising." The study, which was "published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health," defined "overweight as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30, and obesity as a BMI over 30." Specifically, "compared with 2008, obesity rates rose in almost half the states, and decreased in none." Notably, in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia, "more than 30 percent of adults are obese," and "eight of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South." The study also revealed that "in 30 states, 30 percent or more of children ages 10 to 17 were overweight or obese." In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent, and in 1981 the national average was 15 percent."

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