23 May 2008

Obesity in W.Va.

While the number of overweight West Virginia 5th graders has grown this year, it's partly because the ranks in the heavier and more serious category of obese declined in that age group, The Associated Press reports.

“It’s at least a move in the right direction,” Dr. William Neal, director of the CARDIAC Project, told AP health writer Tom Breen.

The numbers are a rare glimmer of hope in the third-fattest state in the country, but isolating which factors are contributing to the drop in obesity may not be easy," Breen writes.

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