Mountain State obesity
West Virginia's curse
March 17, 2009
by Editorial Staff
Time after time, national studies rank West Virginia among the worst places for obesity and related health problems.
A couple of years ago, a report titled "F as in Fat," compiled by the Trust for America's Health, said two-thirds of Mountain State residents are overweight, and 30.6 percent are in the dangerous category of obese. West Virginia ranked third-worst in the nation, behind Mississippi and Alabama.
Almost half of schoolchildren in this state are too plump. "You do have a problem with childhood obesity, and everyone knows it," acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson said during a Charleston visit last year. Dr. Bill Neal of West Virginia University and an army of medics work constantly to monitor and lower youth fat.
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