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WASHINGTON, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Adult obesity rates increased in 28 U.S. states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia, according to a report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The report also shows that more than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.
The poll shows that 80 percent of Americans recognize that childhood obesity is a significant and growing challenge for the country, and 50 percent of Americans believe childhood obesity is such an important issue that the government need to invest more to prevent it immediately. The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, but research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight.