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The Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a research group that focuses on disease prevention, released their report on obesity rates in the U.S., and the rates are still on the rise. The title of the report pretty much sums up the data: "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007." It seems rather that officials at the TFAH would like the government to play a larger part in preventing obesity, arguing that people who are overweight are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart problems as well as other chronic diseases that contribute to greater health care costs.

Here are some stats from the report:

  • National obesity rates continued to climb in 31 states last year, and no state showed a decline.
  • A new public opinion survey featured in the report finds 85% of Americans believe that obesity is an epidemic.
  • Rates of adult obesity now exceed 25 percent in 19 states, an increase from 14 states last year and 9 in 2005. In 1991, none of the states exceeded 20 percent.

The Center for Disease Control released a study last year and these are the numbers that stick out for me:

  • The national obesity rate is 32% and this number is higher than the HCFA report.
  • Last month, 22% of Americans did not participate in any form of exercise.

That last one gets to me. Walking, which is free and easy, is a wonderful form of exercise! I am thinking that since you read FitSugar, that you are not part of the 22%, but in case you are hopefully these statistics will get you moving.

If you are interested in reading the entire report, or if you are interested in seeing where your state ranks in weight, go to healthyaermicans.org to ponder even more statistics.

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