National Report: Alabama Ranks 2nd in Obesity

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- It's a growing problem throughout the country and in Alabama.

Americans are simply packing on the pounds.

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control shows 25.6% percent of adults nationwide describe themselves as obese.

Alabama, at 30.3%, is far ahead of the trend.

"It's a major, major challenge," explained Dr. Jack Hataway with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Doctors have seen the problem progress for years, but now, those extra pounds are leaving a heavy burden on the human body.

"With adults, the problems are multiple: high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes," Hataway said.

A faster lifestyle is yet another problem related to adult obesity.  With food available at every turn, efforts to maintain a healthy physique can be easily subdued.

"We've adapted to a eat the food fast and get the food in fast transit.  We don't cook the food as much where you might control the calories," Hataway said.

So how do you fight the problem and get Alabama to the other end of the CDC's list?

Parents say portion control may be difficult--especially in the South--but it's worth it.

"If you eat on a smaller plate and use a small saucer in stead of a full size saucer, you won't eat as much," said Kathy Godwin, a Montgomery resident.

Paired with plenty of exercise, doctors say those steps could make a big dent in the growing obesity rates.

However, experts say the changes will take a while.

"We can see observational changes," Hataway said.

"I think it's going to happen, but it won't happen today."

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email