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Weighty Matters: More children obese in rural areas

Researchers launch 3-year program to find out the reason

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am

Children living in rural areas are at a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese, and researchers at the Oregon State University Extension Service are about to launch a three-year program to find out why and figure out ways to change it.

“Research has shown that rural communities have more problems with obesity in kids,” said Patty Case, associate professor at the Klamath County OSU Extension Service. “We’re not sure what the factors that cause that are, but we’re hoping to find out with this project, and hopefully change it.”

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