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Obesity and Weight Control

Rural communities are experiencing higher rates of obesity and overweight than urban areas. Rural residents tend to eat diets higher in fat and calories, exercise less, and watch more television, all of which can contribute to unhealthy weight gain. Adding to the challenge, rural communities face barriers to addressing obesity, such as higher poverty levels, less access to services that facilitate physical activity and healthy eating, and limited school resources to provide nutrition education and physical education.

Source: 2005 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Service Issues

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Jan Probst, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 803.251.6317

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