Americans getting fatter, especially in the South

http://news-updations.blogspot.comObesity rates fell only in the District of Columbia, and the groups warned that dealing with the epidemic should be a vital part of the reforming healthcare.

"Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges that the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income," said Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America's Health, which sponsored the report along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Levi said the United States has taken "bold steps" to address the obesity but the response has yet to translate into thinner waistlines, particularly in Southern states.

The annual ranking of U.S. states found 10 out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South with Mississippi number one for the sixth year in a row with 33.8 falling into these category.

Over 25 percent of adults in 38 states are obese. Race and poverty continue to play as a role.

Rates for blacks and Latinos were higher than for whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia. Some 35 percent of the adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese against 24 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year.

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