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Anti-obesity campaign in New Orleans

Posted: Feb. 27th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Fighting Obesity, one veggie at a time
Al Jazeera

New Orleans along with the south has been notoriously known for their amazing deep fried food, but today the city of New Orleans has initiated an anti-obesity campaign. No more greasy foods for our kids as we are the roots of the problem. If we teach better eating habits our kids will be healthier.

The United States has seen a dramatic increase in obesity over the past two decades, prompting officials to call the problem an epidemic. One-third of people over the age of 20 in the country are reportedly obese and about 20 percent of children and teenagers also fall into this category. 

Studies show that the country's poor, who have to rely mainly on unhealthy fast food, are more likely to be excessively overweight. 

In New Orleans, which is considered to be one of the United States' fattest cities, officials have started dozens of projects, including organic gardens, in a campaign aiming to encourage people to pursue a healthier diet.

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