Local cities ranked 5th worst in the US for obesity

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- This is the kind of news that hurts our feelings. According to Wallethub, people in Greensboro and High Point have a big weight problem.

"I continue to see large numbers of families -- husbands, wives, children -- all struggling with obesity. It's hard to break that trend," said Dr. Karen Bowen, director of Novant Health's Bariatric Clinic in Kernersville. "If I had to pick one main piece of advice for people who want to lose weight, it's to really pay attention to what's on food labels, specifically sugar. Try not to buy or eat anything with more than seven grams of sugar."

To compile the rankings, Wallethub analyzed data from the CDC and other agencies in 100 of the most populated metro areas in the country for issues about weight, cholesterol and healthy eating. Greensboro/High Point ranked fifth worst and Winston Salem ranked 21st worst.

"We get to know the families. You want to know you're doing the right thing for them," said J&S Cafeteria Operations Manager Jeff Lord. "I make good choices when I eat. Both of my parents had heart attacks before they were 50 years old and I have three kids. I have a responsibility to keep myself in good shape for them."

Lord has tweaked the recipes at J&S for years, trying to cut back on sodium, sugar and trans fats. "I can't tell you it's all healthy here, because it's not. But we're really trying to give people options. There's baked chicken, dishes with less calories and then there's the meatloaf. We've taken all the animal stock out of the vegetables. It's important to me and makes me feel good to do it. Makes it a little easier to get up and come to work in the morning."

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