America’s Obesity Problem Is Getting Even Worse

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The obesity epidemic in America is only getting worse in some states, according to a new report out this week. No single state had its overall obesity rate decline in 2017, it found, while six states saw a increase. But there have seemingly been minor victories in lowering childhood obesity in some groups.

The State of Obesity 2018 Report, as it’s called, is a joint collaboration by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, both nonprofit organizations focused on public health policy. The report, released annually for the past 15 years, collects and analyzes federal data on obesity trends and their impact on the country’s health and economy.

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