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STATE RANKS FIFTH IN THE NATION IN OBESITY

FITSNews – August 27, 2007 – We wrote just last week about how South Carolinians were getting fatter, and how our state’s growing obesity problem was causing all sorts of chronic diseases among our citizens. Today, a report shows that the Palmetto state is indeed the fifth-fattest in the nation, a three-spot jump from its 2006 ranking.

According to the report, 27.8% of South Carolina adults are obese, a 1.6% increase from last year. In 2004, South Carolina ranked 13th in the nation with a 24.5% obesity rate. For the first time ever, the report also looked at childhood obesity, with South Carolina ranking 7th in the nation with 17.9% of our kids qualifying as obese.

Actually, this is encouraging news – at least it is if you’re a Social Darwinist who wants South Carolinians to perish en masse as a result of heart disease, diabetes, stroke death and cancer. If not, then it’s probably pretty sh*tty news.