SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A study shows the number of Utah residents who are obese is increasing at an alarming rate.
The study was conducted by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1990 to 2002. It shows a five-percent increase in obese adult Americans.
Utah was one of 15 states to decrease its total of obese adults in the last year of the study, from 2001 to 2002. However, Utah experienced an overall increase of eight-point-two-percent to 17-point-five-percent.
Utah Department of Health Registered Dietitian Rachel Cox said although the state saw a positive change for one year, the trend is still heading up.
Doctor Larry Tucker, a B-Y-U professor, estimates the national overweight/obese rates will be around 85-percent in 30 years. Preliminary numbers for 2004 show 67-point-one-percent of Utah men and 49-point-five-percent of Utah women are either overweight or obese.
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