1 in 5 Americans die from Obesity: Columbia University
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 01:03
Aug. 17 - New findings show that 1 in 5 Americans eat themselves to death. Columbia University researchers say more will die if the fat issue is ignored. Gavino Garay reports.
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STORY: There's a 'fat' problem plaguing the well-being of Americans across the historically hamburger-hungry nation.
1 in 5 die eating themselves to death, according to Columbia University researchers who study the ongoing obesity epidemic.
That's almost three times greater than previous estimates.
Obesity --- particularly preventing it in children has been a priority for First Lady Michelle Obama, whose "Let's Move" program focuses on teaching kids about the importance of staying active and eating healthy, non-processed food.
At least five percent of children and teenagers in the U.S. are considered seriously obese, according to the latest report from the Robert Wood Foundation.
While extreme obesity --- which is defined as being more than 100 pounds overweight --- is on the rise in the U.S. --- the news on fat isn't all dire. A focus on fitness appears to be helping the country's already high obesity rate --- level off.
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