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US State of Texas Launches Website to Help Fight Child Obesity

Dec 21, 2012

The U.S. state of Texas on Thursday launched a new website to help fight child obesity and identify local areas where children are most at risk.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday announced as an effort to help the more-than-one-in-five Texas children aged 10 to 17 who are obese, according to a report on the website of The Houston Chronicle.

The new website includes an interactive mapping function to show where youths might be most at risk, the costs associated with obesity, medical research and health initiatives.

"Our goal is to provide a collaborative, interactive clearinghouse of news, data, research and success stories involving Texas' fight to treat and prevent obesity," Combs was quoted as saying.

"ReshapingTexas is part of our ongoing effort to give Texans the tools and information they need on the front lines of this issue. We need people across the state to help tackle obesity head- on, in order to avoid future health and economic pitfalls," Combs added.

More than one third of U.S. adults are obese, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A recent study also showed that if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030 13 U.S. states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states could have rates above 50 percent, and all 50 states could have rates above 44 percent.

Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2012

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