Heavy Duty: Alabamians steps on scale to set Guinness record

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the spirt of weight loss, Alabamians stepped on a truck scale and broke the Guinness World Record.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/1laPCUm ) that 157 people stepped onto the scale on Jan. 8 and collectively weighed 30,400 pounds to kick off the 10th year of the state's largest weight loss and exercise program Scale Back Alabama. A British company set the previous record in 2010 weighing 130 people at one time.

Even though the Scale Back Alabama world record attempt was pre-approved by Guinness, the official certification of the record breaking will come following submission and review of the event documentation.

Six years ago, the city of Montgomery was tied for having the highest obesity rate in the country at 34.7 percent. Today, it is down to 27.1 percent.

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