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Local group offers support in the fight against obesity

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

scottw@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- While experts debate strategies and solutions for the country's obesity epidemic, a local group is offering moral support.

The Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences that advises the government as an independent organization, released a report Tuesday indicating progress on obesity rates isn't being made fast enough, according to a recent Associated Press report.

Schools still play a critical role in fighting obesity, according to the report, but changes are also needed in the home, at the workplace and even in recreation choices.

Bolstering the resolve to make those changes is where TOPS comes in, according to Margaret Eyler of New Madrid, treasurer for the Sikeston chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

"It's an encouragement group: we don't tell you you've got to lose weight, we just encourage you," Eyler said.

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