Oct 12, 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released obesity statistics for 49 states and two territories. Data from the 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System shows Kansas is among 12 states that have topped 35 percent or greater in the prevalence of obesity in its population. Kansas was just below the 35% threshold last year. The health risks due to obesity include an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. It all begs the question: what can we do? K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says the quick first answer is if it were easy, we would have done a better job already, but there’s no simple solution.
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