Battle of the Bulge

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Packing on the pounds is not nearly as deadly as the government thought, according to new calculations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but obesity is still a major problem facing folks in our area, a problem health experts don't want you taking lightly.

It's the battle of the bulge; folks in our area hear about it constantly. We all know those extra pounds are bad for our health, but a new analysis of obesity has many wondering how bad is bad?

The CDC now says obesity ranks number seven instead of number two among the nation's leading preventable causes of death.

Jennifer Steedley of the South Health District says, "Regardless, we still have an obesity problem here in south Georgia. In fact, we are at or above the Georgia rate and above the U.S. rate in the South Health District."

It is why health experts say they don't want overweight folks finding a false sense of security in the new findings. Regardless of the study, extra weight can still cause serious health problems.

Local health experts say folks dealing with obesity who use the study as their excuse for not exercising or losing the weight probably aren't the people who are dedicated to doing so in the first place.

Debi Inge, a weight loss expert, says, "People who want to lose weight do it for just that, they want to. They have a reason to live and they want to fulfill their life."

While the new findings may be nice, health experts want you to keep in mind you only live life once. More than 25,000 people die from obesity in the United States each year.