Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Texas Just Can't Win. Or Is It Lose?

Texas' obesity rate rises, but rank among states improves | Moms | - Houston Chronicle: "Texans' obesity rates continued to climb last year, but the Lone Star State actually improved its national ranking because people in other states are getting fatter faster.

In the annual “America's Health Rankings” report released Tuesday, Texas' rate of severely overweight residents continued its unabated 20-year upward trend, inching up to 28.9 percent from 28.6 percent last year. Obesity in Texas has more than doubled since 1990, when the Texas rate stood at 12.3 percent.

The good news — at least in relative terms — is that other states are packing on the pounds at an even-faster clip. Texas dropped from being the 12th-fattest state in the union last year to 14th this year — with Missouri and Michigan getting fatter."

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