Those areas have some of the city's highest obesity rates.
Over the past five years, obesity rates climbed in nearly all states.
I'm not sure how much easier health reform would be if obesity rates were lower.
We are already seeing obesity rates in a number of populations level off.
If current trends are to continue, the obesity rate will rise to 29% by 2011.
He said one benefit of a lower obesity rate would be a reduction in the country's health care costs.
The obesity rate is 71.7%, the highest in the world.
Over the past four decades, obesity rates have increased rapidly among all age groups.
In 2008, only one state - Colorado - had an obesity rate less than 20%.
But the increase in obesity rates during the same period will reduce life expectancy by 1.02 years, the researchers say.