Ala. residents rated among nation's most obese

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A health official says Alabama's listing near the top for the most obsese residents in the nation is no surprise.

Jefferson County Health Officer Michael Fleenor said Tuesday there's a long list of health issues related to obesity and every effort must be made to address the problem.

The list produced by America's Trust for Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Alabama trails only Mississippi and is tied with Tennessee for obesity, with 31.6 percent of its residents classified as obese.

Alabama came in third for adult diabetes and high blood pressure rates and fifth for physical inactivity.

James Marks, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says Alabama's rank of 14th for childhood obesity may be an early sign of encouragement.

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