Obesity: An issue for rural America, North DakotaObesity in the U.S. is now termed an epidemic, meaning that it affects many people and is spreading. Sixty-five percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and the highest rates occur in small towns and rural communities of the Midwest and the South. Compared to their urban counterparts, rural adults tend to be older, less physically active, have lower incomes and have declining access to local grocery stores. These factors set up a predisposition to being overweight and obese.
By: By Gerald Combs, Grand Forks Herald