Fat Baby Boomers raise health concern

July 2, 2009
by Paul Briand

A new report warns that if Baby Boomers continue on their current rate of obesity they'll have health problems that could have a significant drain on Medicare payments once they start turning 65.

"... the Baby Boomer generation has a higher rate of obesity compared with previous generations," said a new report --  "F as in Fat 2009" -- from the Trust for America's Health.

"As the Baby Boomer generation ages, obesity-related costs to Medicare and Medicaid are likely to grow significantly because of the large number of people in this population and its high rate of obesity. And, as Baby Boomers become Medicare-eligible, the percentage of obese adults age 65 and older could increase significantly."

Alabama has the highest rate of Baby Boomer obesity at 38.7 percent of 55-64 year olds. Colorado has the least with 21.8 percent (see full chart below).

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