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Georgians rank 12th in nation in obesity

August 24, 2005

Albany - More adults are obese, and Georgians are some of the most overweight people in the country. 

 A new report finds Georgia has the 12th highest rate of adult obesity in the country. Sixty-four percent of American adults are either obese or overweight. According to the study, people in Mississippi are the heaviest, and in Colorado, they're the least heaviest.

Nutritionists say obesity is the gateway to heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other health problems.

Phoebe Putney nutritionst Francis Heredeen says, "You tend to have problems with high triglycerides, high cholesterol, and a lot of times low HDL which is the good cholesterol."

The study by the Trust of America's Health also found 16 percent of active duty U.S. military personnel are obese, and that's currently the biggest reason for the discharge of soldiers.