U.S. Obesity Rates Ballooning

With a goal of getting obesity rates down to 15% in every state by 2010, the team at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has its work cut out for them. A new report from the Trust For America's Health determined that obesity rates increased in 23 states during 2008 and decreased in none. The only state with an obesity rate under 20% of its population is Colorado at 18.9%.

The Bigger Picture: Back in 1980, the average rate of obesity in the U.S. was 15%. Today it's 34.3% with another 32.7% of the population described as overweight. Experts believe that this weighty issue generates $95 billion in medical spending every year. What can be done? The answer isn't easy, but it is fairly straightforward: watch what you eat and get more exercise.
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