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Question of the Week: What Can We Do to Reduce Georgia's Rising Obesity Rate?

Georgia currently has an adult obesity rate of 28 percent, ranking it 25th among all states, according to the most recent data from the CDC.

Update (9-18-12, 12:40 p.m.)

The number of obese adults in Georgia is on course to increase dramatically over the next 20 years, according to a report released Tuesday.

Georgia currently has an adult obesity rate of 28 percent, ranking it 25th among all states, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released those rankings earlier this summer.

But there is good news – the analysis also shows what will happen if Georgia is able to reduce the average body mass index of its residents by just 5 percent by 2030: a dramatic decrease in obesity-related diseases and healthcare costs.

So, that brings us to our Question of the Week:

What Can We Do to Reduce Georgia's Rising Obesity Rate?

Tell us your opinion in the comments section.

Neil Stapley September 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I will continue to teach my son the value of a healthy balanced diet as for everyone else in Georgia thats not my problem. If people want to kill themselves slowly with their diet choices there is nothing we can do or say that will change their ways. The children on the other hand its my personal opinion that allowing your child to become obese to point its difficult for them to breath let alone walk is amounting to abuse and should be treated as so. Healthy choices can be made on a budget, choosing junk food over a decent meal isn't about cost its about time, weather you have the time to make a decent meal or weather you can be bothered to make the time.
John Owens September 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Can one use SNAP cards at fast food restaurants? If so, I would put a stop to that. Healthy food choices with moderate exercise would help GA's curb obesity trend.
Dustin Priester September 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
People in Ga need to take the initiative to learn how to make smart food choices, turn the tv off, get off your butt and exercise!! Make a lifestyle change, be an example for our youth!! It is much cheaper to eat correctly than to pay for a heart attack, diabetes, or cancer. Wake up America!!!!
Cori Priester September 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
While the school systems/media/parents are all becoming more aware of what is considered "healthy" and what is not. It needs to be made even more clear what food choices we need to make in order to not only be healthier but prevent potential diseases or illnesses in the future. Many people rely on a trip to the pharmacy.... But Beleive it or not, certain foods can keep us from popping pills for every ache and ailment we ever feel. Question..... If a foods facts said that it could cause constipation, nausea, brain damage and cancer.... Would you eat it? Well then why eat in a way that would cause you to treat only the symptoms of something that will cause you to have many other symptoms. Teach something that makes sense..... Eat foods that the human body was actually meant to consume so all our vital organs will function properly. May be a strong opinion but its simple, true and just plane common sense.
Jen September 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Mandatory Food Science/Physiology science course in our schools. Make it college prep quality curriculum with lab so people leave high school knowing how to take care of themselves and the physiological benefits of healthy diet and exercise.
or September 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Proper nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and food energy in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetable oils, and fats. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in quality of life, health and longevity, and can define cultures and play a role in religion. Thanks. Regards, http://www.creativebioscience.com

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