Top Health Stories of 2012

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  • The Prostate Cancer Screening Debate
  • Black Women's Hair vs. Working Out
  • The GOP vs. Medicaid Expansion
  • Black Men, Masculinity and Mental Health
  • The Obesity Crisis in the South
  • Top Health Stories of 2012
  • Obamacare
  • Michael Bloomberg Bans Large Sugary Drinks
  • HIV/AIDS and Black, Gay and Bisexual Men
  • The War on Women's Reproductive Health
  • FLOTUS' Fight Against Childhood Obesity
  • Organic Foods
  • Susan G. Komen vs. Planned Parenthood
  • West Nile Virus
  • Food Safety and Recalls
  • The State of Black Celebrity Health

The Obesity Crisis in the South

Also known as the “Stroke Belt,” the South also houses the biggest Americans, said a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The obesity rate among Southern residents was 29.5 percent; the Midwest had a rate of 29 percent; the Northeast was 25.3 percent; and the West was at 24.3 percent. 

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