Obesity is heaviest in the South and Appalachia

Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, a rate that grew from 15% for 1978-80 to 32% in 2003-04.


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Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, a rate that grew from 15% for 1978-80 to 32% in 2003-04 (see Figure). The Trust for America's Health chronicled obesity and tied it to federal and state policies governing school requirements, community initiatives and other public health programs.