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Sunday
Sep112011

Mississippi High School Football Player Collapses in Game, Dies

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(GAUTIER, Miss.) -- A Mississippi high school football player died Friday night after he collapsed on the field and could not be revived, making him at least the seventh high school athlete to die since the start of football season last month.

Latrell Dunbar, a junior fullback for D’Iberville High School, fell to the ground after blocking a play in the third quarter of the school’s game in Gautier, said ABC News affiliate WLOX-TV in Mississippi.

Trainers rushed onto the field and applied mouth-to-mouth breathing, working frantically to revive him for the 15 minutes it took for an ambulance to arrive at the game.  Dunbar was then taken to Ocean Springs Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said Saturday that Dunbar died of an acute cardiac event, which can be caused by hidden heart abnormalities.  In this case, though, according to WLOX, she said it was a fluke event.

This season appears to be tied for the second most lethal summer for young football players, according to records compiled by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research.  There were eight deaths in 1970, according to the center’s records.

From 1980 to 1984, an average of one high school football player died each year during the summer practice season.  But the death rate has roughly tripled to 2.8 deaths per year since then, according to a study released in July by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul072011

New Report Shows America is Getting Fatter

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 8th annual report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011" -- which assesses obesity rates in individual states -- does not contain surprising findings:  America is getting fatter. 

Adult obesity rates have increased in 16 states over the past year, with not a single state reporting a decrease. 

Here are some additional obesity-related findings:

- 20 years ago, no state had an obesity level above 15%; now, only 1 state has an obesity rate below 20% (Colorado).

- Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995.

- 12 states have obesity rates above 30%:  Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

- Highest rate of obesity:  Mississippi with 34.4%; lowest rate of obesity: Colorado with 19.8%.

Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes and high blood pressure; rates of these two conditions have risen in parallel with obesity:

- Diabetes rates have increased in 11 states and Washington DC over the last year.

- In 1995, 4 states had diabetes rates over 6%.  Now, 43 states have diabetes rates over 7%, and 8 states have more than 10% of their population diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

- In 1995, 37 states had hypertension rates over 20%; now all do and 9 are over 30%.

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the president of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the foundations publishing this report, says that “the information in this report should spur us all -- individuals and policymakers alike -- to redouble our efforts to reverse this debilitating and costly epidemic.”

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