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Obesity rates in Tenn. go from bad to worse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An analysis of diabetes and obesity on the county level in Tennessee shows that conditions go from bad to worse.

Williamson County has the lowest rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control breakdown. But even there 8.8 percent of the adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and almost a quarter of the population is obese.

The state's highest rates were found in Hardeman County in southwest Tennessee, the Tennessean reported.

Some changes are on the way to improve the health of Tennesseans. Fast food chains in Nashville will be required to list calorie contents. Another program called Get Fit Tennessee offers resources to live a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Veronica Gunn, chief medical officer for the state department of health, said to change a population's behavior requires sustained attention on multiple levels.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com  


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