What editorial writers are saying about the obesity epidemic

Research shows that the nation continues to lose the battle against bulging waistlines, as adult obesity rates climbed in 16 states.

Posted July 25, 2011.

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The findings prompted editorial writers to chime in on what their states and individuals can do to tackle the problem.

No dearth of girth in Florida

Given the wealth of sunshine and open space that South Florida provides pretty much year-round, there are few excuses to keep kids -- and their parents -- holed up in the house. There are canoes to paddle, soccer balls to kick, bats to swing. Try dance classes and jumping jacks. And think of the fun factor. The Miami Herald, July 10

Alabama's epidemic: People must make wise decisions

Seeking long-term solutions remains as problematic as the health concerns themselves; our obsession with sitting for hours in front of computer screens -- and jobs that require such work -- is a major factor. The Anniston (Ala.) Star, July 11

Time for multi-pronged public nutrition, fitness crusade to get handle on obesity epidemic

Forget fad diets, diet pills and bariatric surgery, all of which can be expensive and potentially dangerous. Instead, let's concentrate our efforts on portion control and eating balanced meals; restoring gym classes and recess to schools; and educating those receiving food stamps about the options available to them. The Saginaw (Mich.) News, July 17

State faces much work to lower obesity rate

It is especially critical that greater attention be paid to low-income families, many of whom have limited choices when it comes to affordable meal preparations and knowledge of recreational opportunities. The (Columbus, Ind.) Republic, July 15

State of obesity: For a thinner generation

Those truly concerned about cost should remember that higher obesity rates mean more diabetes, high blood pressures and the costly ills associated with them. Obesity rates are rising fastest in low-income neighborhoods -- and guess who is going to pick up most of those health costs? The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard, July 19

One championship Mississippi doesn't need

Thinner Mississippians will be healthier Mississippians, and better health means lower health costs. Whatever one's personal opinion about Obamacare, being healthy and fit is less expensive and more effective. So go ahead and finish the newspaper, but maybe not the biscuit. Then, go take a walk. The Mississippi Press, July 11

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