Monday, July 6, 2009

Growing Obesity Adds Health Costs

“Prevention is widely acknowledged to be a key part of reducing the nation’s astronomical health-care costs. Decreasing demand for medical treatment through lifestyle choices is included in any serious discussion of managing health-care spending. But as a debate over health care rages across the country, a new report on obesity shows America is moving in the wrong direction on one of the most basic reasons for health problems — excessive weight. The study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health found that ‘two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and nearly one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.’ And alarmingly, the report said, the nation’s economic woes mean many families will be less able to afford healthy foods. Adult obesity increased in almost half of the states in the nation last year...."

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