City of San Antonio Department of Communications and Public Affairs, August 2013
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) announced today that the obesity rate in San Antonio and Bexar County plunged from 35.1% to 28.5% between 2010 and 2012.
This means that 70,000 adult men and women are no longer obese, having moved into healthier weight categories.
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