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Waistlines Wide in Georgia

By: Ben Wolf
By: Ben Wolf

The latest report shows people seem to be pigging out in the Peach State.

An annual report called "F As In Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America," states more than 25 percent of the adult population in Georgia has been classified as obese from 2003 to 2005.

Valdosta resident Logan Jones said, "It's just horrible to me, not good. They need to do something about it, need to exercise and should be eating right to get on a good diet."

Some residents try and stick to a few rules of their own.

"Not eating after eight o'clock, going to the gym, and working out and also walking," said Mark Grier.

"I try to eat healthy as much as I can and drink a bunch of water," added Ann Guess.

VSU kinesiology professor Mark Kasper says the problem of obesity can be broken down to a simple equation.

"Overweight or obesity is caused when the amount of calories you consume is greater than the amount of calories you are expending. There's two sides of the equations. I could eat as much as I want, but if I'm not expending as many calories, then I'm going to be gaining weight."

Kasper says if obese people use their feet more for transportation, exercise for 30 minutes five to six times per week, and lower their calorie intake, they should see weight loss results.

The obesity report issued says the south is home to most of the states with high rates of diabetes and hypertension, two diseases often associated with obesity.


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