Few states buck trend
Nearly one-third of children age 10 to 17 in the United States were overweight as of 2007, and roughly half those kids qualified as obese, a new survey shows. Obesity rates rose in 36 states since the last sampling in 2003, according to data that will appear in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in this age group at nearly 22 percent in 2007; Oregon had the lowest at 9.6 percent.
Two states that had ranked on the skinny side in 2003, Nevada and Colorado, saw their percentages of obese and overweight kids rise sharply by 2007. South Carolina, on the other