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Appalachia, Southeast Hit Hardest by Obesity and Diabetes
Date:11/19/2009

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The CDC said it has recommended 24 community strategies to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes, the more common form of the disease that generally develops later in life as people lose their ability to metabolize sugar. These strategies range from providing greater access to healthy foods to promoting community redesigns that encourage more physical activity.

In Mississippi, which leads the nation in obesity and has one of the highest rates of diabetes, the agency is now working in partnership with state, federal and nonprofit agencies.

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County-by-county estimates of obesity and diagnosed diabetes are available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Edward Gregg, Ph.D., chief of epidemiology and statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, division of diabetes translation, Atlanta; Nov. 20, 2009, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Nov. 19, 2009, news release, Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research


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