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New rise in state obesity highlights G.A. budget cuts to health program

North Carolina is not yet the “fattest” state, but obesity continues to be – pardon the pun – an enormous and growing health problem. These new data from the Centers for Disease Control show that our state obesity rate now stands at a disheatening 29.1%.

While not as bad as the situation in the nation’s worst state (Surprise! It’s Mississippi at 34.9%), this number (which comes from 2011) does put us in the bottom third. It also marks an increase since 2010 — a year in which the CDC reported on a stunning overall growth in obesity over the last two decades — both here and around the country.

Unfortunately, as in so many other areas in which there is a crying need for intentional public solutions, the North Carolina General Assembly is headed backwards. During the recently adjourned legislative session, lawmakers eliminated funding for the state Health and Wellness Trust Fund (for which obesity prevention was a top priority) and instead replaced it with a one-time, one-year state appropriation.

One Comment


  1. frances

    August 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Did we just get fat during the last year ? Fast food is the culprit, not the general Assembly.

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