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Obesity a Concern for Americans

Aired January 2, 2001 - 2:45 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: That leads us to our ASK CNN question of the day, our regular feature that attempts to solve your most perplexing problems and mysteries.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And they're wondering about what we eat today, Lou. Today, an international viewer has a question about health in the U.S.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. I am Paulo from Rome, and she's Barbara. She's my wife.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And we want to ask why so much people in America are so obese?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: All you have to do is look around you to see that all sorts of delicious, fattening foods are all around us. They're inexpensive, and they're easily assessable. All you have to do is go through a drive-thru, drive down any street in the United States and you'll find fattening foods.

Another reason why Americans are so obese is that exercise is not as much of a part of our lifestyle as it is in other countries. In other countries, people walk to work, they walk to the market, they walk to school. But in the United States, people pretty much drive everywhere, and that can have a big impact on your body size.

Now, what Americans need to learn how to do is to lose weight and keep it off. Americans have, to some extent, learned how to lose weight, but to keep it off means a lifestyle change, which is much harder than a diet.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: So take your curiosity to cnn.com, follow the ASK CNN link to submit your most puzzling quandary, and we'll try to bring you the answer here on CNN TODAY. We'll be back.

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