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How'd I Get So Fat?

It just so happens that I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee is called the Volunteer State. I'm not sure why—perhaps because we volunteer for seconds? It would seem so: Tennessee ranks in the top 10 states nationally in numbers of obese and overweight residents, according to the American Obesity Association.

Why does that not surprise me? Almost all the restaurants in Knoxville are fast-food franchises of one sort or another, serving up whopper-size versions of fat-filled grub. We like our fried fish and fried chicken down here, and I don't mean in those little deck-of-card portions recommended by the American Dietetic Association.

—Anne Krueger, January/February 2005, aarpmagazine.org


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