Growing obesity adds health costs

July 3, 2009
by Editorial Staff
San Antonio Express-News

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."

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