Georgia kids have third highest obesity rate; S.C. adults no. 5

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 11:32 AM
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Georgia has the third highest rate of overweight and obese children in the nation, while South Carolina has the fifth highest rate of obese adults, according to data released today by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In Georgia, 37.3 percent of children were obese or overweight, compared to 33.7 percent of children in South Carolina, which ranked 13th in the nation. In South Carolina, however, 29.7 percent of adults were overweight versus 27.9 percent of adults in Georgia, which ranked 14th in the country. Overall, eight of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity are in the South, as are eight of the 10 states with the worst rates of overweight or obese children.

The current economic downturn may be adding to the problem, said Dr. Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health.

“Families are relying on cheap, fast, often less nutritious foods,” he said.

The groups called for making preventive strategies a part of any national health care reform that is passed and stressed that communities also need to get involved.

“We cannot solve this with medical care and personal choice alone,” said Dr. James S. Marks, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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smec29
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smec29 07/01/09 - 11:22 am
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But where else will you get

But where else will you get fried squash, okra and sweet tea? At least the food is good!!

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 07/01/09 - 12:01 pm
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The Standard American Diet

The Standard American Diet (SAD) makes it easy for Americans to dig their graves with their spoons. And that is SAD.

justsaying
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justsaying 07/01/09 - 12:07 pm
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make em pay extra for health

make em pay extra for health care like smokers have to...baked ham tax...

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 07/01/09 - 12:53 pm
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I wonder how many of these

I wonder how many of these are on government social programs? That would be an interesting study!

Native007
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Native007 07/01/09 - 01:17 pm
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Good ol home cookin!

Good ol home cookin!

andywarhol
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andywarhol 07/01/09 - 04:47 pm
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And 99% of them can be found

And 99% of them can be found at the Grand Buffet

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