Study: Oregon Has Lowest Child Obesity Rate

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According to a new government report, the state of Oregon has the lowest rate of obesity in children.

The study looked at kids across the U.S. from 2003 to 2007. It found that more than 16 percent of American children ages 10 to 17 were obese in 2007.

The percentage of children who were overweight increased sharply more for girls than boys across the country.

The study also showed the percentage of obesity among boys was the lowest in Oregon at 11 percent, with Arkansas having the highest at 27 percent.

Girls in Wyoming had the lowest obesity rate at 6 percent, while Texas had the highest at 20 percent.

Mississippi had the most obese kids at more than one-fifth of its children.

The study also revealed that black and Hispanic young people were twice as likely as whites to be overweight or obese.

Experts explained that fast food, not enough exercise, and watching too much television or video games may be to blame.

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