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Americans are getting fatter

7th July 2009

A new report in the United States has shown that Americans are getting fatter.

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Adults and children were both affected by the rising obesity trend, with adult obesity on the rise in 23 states, the report state.

Issued by two advocacy groups, Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it found that at least 30% of American children were either overweight or obese in 30 states.

Mississippi was the fattest of the states for the fifth year in a row, with 32.5% of its adults tipping the scales as obese.

The country's fattest children were also from Mississippi, with 44.4% of kids aged 10-17 counted as overweight or obese.

The thinnest state was Colorado, with an adult obesity rate of just 18.9%, while in California, 23.6% of adults are considered too fat.

Eight of the top 10 fat states were in the South. Meanwhile, the western third of the country and a few New England states postest the slowest rates of growth.

Entitled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009", the report said no state reported a fall in obesity rates among either adults or children.

Eleven states reported obesity rates that had risen for three years in a row.

Sixteen said their obesity figures had risen for the second year in a row.

The authors said the results meant the government was sure to miss its target of cutting overall obesity rates to 15% by next year.

Experts say obesity-related problems account for a quarter of health care spending in the US, while obese workers have been found to take 10 times more sick days than workers of normal weight.


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