The findings hearten proponents of a theory that it's possible to be “fit and fat.” (CBS/The Early Show)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Steven
K. Galson says the rise in childhood obesity continues but an
Alabama group deserves praise for trying to reverse the trend.
Authorities say Alabama has the nation's second-highest rate of
adult obesity and 11th-highest rate of childhood obesity.
Galson told members of the Jefferson County Childhood Obesity
Task Force on Monday they are making a difference and must get
involved "at every level of society."
Galson noted that the number of overweight and obese children
has tripled since 1980. The surgeon general's office made a call to
action seven years ago, but rates are still rising.
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