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New CDC report: We're getting fatter

Kansans are getting fatter, with more than a fourth of them now saying they are obese, according to a report released today by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's an increase from the 2005 version of the report and follows a national trend: Nine states now have obesity rates of 30 percent or greater, compared to no states in 2000 and three in 2005.

The rates are underestimated, CDC says, because they are based on what 400,000 people told researchers who asked for their heights and weights during a phone call. Both men and women tend to say they are taller than they are, and women often say they weigh less than they do, the CDC said.

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