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KSLA News 12 Editorial: Aug. 22nd-Alarming Obesity

Louisiana and Arkansas are among 13 southern states with very high rates of obesity. That's according to the latest study by the Centers for Disease Control.

So what does that mean?

At least 30% of adults in those states are considered obese. In Louisiana, almost 35% are significantly over weight.

The problem is particularly prevalent among the poor. That's because when you have limited income you buy foods that are cheap. Foods that are cheap tend to have a lot of sugar, salt and fat.

So how do you break this trend? One way is to make sure children in school lunch programs get healthy food and eliminate those snack and soft drink machines in schools.

Encouraging physical exercise is also important. Address the problem with kids before they become obese adults.

Let me know what you think.

I'm James Smith.

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