STILL TOO FAT
NATIONAL DATA REVEAL THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC IS STILL GROWING, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Americans are still too fat and getting fatter, 2009 data recently released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The state of Mississippi has the dubious distinction of having the highest obesity rate at 34.4 percent, with only the District of Columbia and Colorado falling below 20% of their populations weighing in as obese. Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, offers her opinion.
MILLER: I was very surprised by recent data showing that our obesity epidemic is not yet under control. In fact the proportion of the United States population who suffer with problems with their weight is actually growing. I find that very disconcerting medically. Trying to get the public health message out, obesity is related to so many chronic diseases, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis of the joints, it’s very disheartening that we’re not making better progress in this area. :30
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey..