The Obesity Epidemic and Health Care Reform
August 28, 2008
by Jeff Levi
The obesity crisis is getting worse. This past week, we at the Trust for America's Health along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released our annual report F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America. We found that obesity increased in 37 states in the past year and did not decrease in a single state. Adult obesity rates have doubled in the past three decades, and childhood rates have tripled during this time. Overall two-thirds of adults and 23 million children are overweight or obese. Our national weight gain is costing the country billions in preventable health care costs and lost productivity.
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