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Child obesity rates drop, adult obesity on the rise

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new research shows the obesity rate among adults is on the rise. new research shows the obesity rate among adults is on the rise.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates have declined. At the same time, new research shows the obesity rate among adults is on the rise.

A study by the American Journal of Public Health shows 1 in 5 Americans die from illnesses related to obesity.

Personal trainer Bart Smith says that is not surprising.

“We hate to talk about death when you talk about being overweight, but ultimately that’s what it is,” Smith said. “It will lead to death, sicknesses, and diseases.”

Some Heartland locals are fighting the trend. Bobby Stain has lost more than 200 pounds in less than a year.

“Last October, I weighed over 600 pounds,” Stain said. “I’ve had two doctors tell me if I didn’t do something I’d be dead in the next ten years.”

Stain says anyone can do it if you put your mind to it.

“Your mind is the strongest muscle in your body,” Stain said. “Once you set your mind to it, and you believe in yourself, it’s all easy then.”

Kristi Burns has lost more than 140 pounds. Now she’s helping others with their weight-loss journey.

“If I could just show everybody who is living their lives overweight, ‘fat and happy,’ you know, I accepted myself. I was going to be ‘fat and happy,’” Burns said. “But, how it is after they lose the weight, I know they would change their minds. I know they would.”

Smith says the key is a healthy lifestyle.

“A lot of people think you have to totally change your life, no, you just have to figure out what your life schedule is and incorporate healthy choices in that,” Smith said.

Smith says even small changes like choosing to drink a lot of water everyday can improve your health.

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