Obesity Rate Climbs, Less In Vermont Than Elsewhere

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(Host) A new study on obesity shows that Vermonters are gaining weight.

They’re just not gaining weight as fast as the rest of the country.

The study, by the Trust for America’s Health, ranks Vermont 45th out of the 50 states in obesity. 

Since 1995, the state has seen a 10 percent increase in its rate of adult obesity.

Vermont’s Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says he’s disappointed by that increase. 

(Chen) "The needle is moving the wrong way, and we really need to redouble our efforts to attack the problem". 

(Host) Chen says the state needs to continue strategies already in place to combat the problem.

Those strategies include educating the public on healthy choices, and improving what’s being served in schools and workplaces. 




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