Study: Obesity, Diabetes Big Problems in S. Texas

FILE - In this June 26, 2012 file photo, two women speak to each other in New York. A national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity. A national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity in 2012. But overall, the proportion of Americans deemed obese has been about the same for years now. Results were made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "A plateau is better than rising numbers. But it's discouraging because we're plateauing at a very high number," said Kelly Brownell, a Duke University public policy expert who specializes in obesity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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CORPUS CHRISI A new study says the biggest health threats in South Texas are obesity and diabetes.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the study examined health disparities in the 38-county region encompassing the U.S.-Mexico border area in South Texas, the Coastal Bend area and San Antonio.

The South Texas Health Status Review found the area has higher rates of obesity and diabetes than the rest of the state and nation, with nearly one-third of South Texans classified as obese. About one in nine has been diagnosed with diabetes.

The study's authors say while South Texas' health problems can be linked to lifestyle choices, part of the problem is heredity and a lack of preventive care.

The study was published by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.