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A hand adjusting a weight scaleThe good news? Americans are exercising more. The bad news.  The obesity epidemic is still growing.

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A nine-year study of data from the University of Washington suggests that physical activity alone is not enough to combat the problem of excessive weight gain.

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“While physical activity has improved noticeably in most counties, obesity has also continued to rise in nearly all counties,” said lead researcher Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, from the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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The obesity problem is directly related to how much Americans eat, said senior author Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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