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More Unfortunate SC Obesity News



Last week we reported on South Carolina’s rising adult obesity rate … this week it’s time to focus on the Palmetto State’s children.

According to a study released earlier this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), South Carolina saw its childhood obesity rate climb from 13.3 to 15.6, the largest gain in the entire country. In fact no other state saw its rate climb by more than 1 percent over the study’s four-year period.

Nineteen states actually saw their childhood obesity rates decline, while twenty-one states showed no significant statistical change.

Curiously, the Palmetto State’s data was not included in the original CDC report because – get this – the federal government’s request for data went to an inactive email account at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) in 2011.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley declared a “war on fat” more than six months ago. How’s it coming along? It isn’t …

Haley’s administration came up with precisely one idea … which it has yet to even attempt to implement.