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America still on path to obesity
10 Aug 2009 | Nationwide survey conducted from 2005-2009 offers stark figures on overweight
| 10 August 2009

A new survey shows that two-thirds of all Americans are now considered to be overweight or obese. Eight out of the ten states with the highest levels of obesity are located in the Southern part of the United States, and seven out of the ten states with the highest poverty levels are also among the top ten obese states.

These numbers show a marked increase from obesity levels of the 1980s and 1990s. In 1991, none of the states had obesity levels over 20%, but now Colorado is the only state that has an obesity rate below that. To go another ten years back, in 1981 the national obesity average was just 15%. 

These rates are being mirrored among the young, and in 30 states, it has been found that over 30% of children between the ages of 10 to 17 are now overweight or obese. 

Source: New York Times, 10 August 2009.