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Obesity: Weighing Down Our Economy

March 31, 2011
by Laura Segal
Altarum Blog

First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking to mayors at the National League of Cities meeting last month, pointed out that obesity is “weighing down your budgets. It’s already hampering economic growth.”

Obesity is one of the most challenging health crises the country has ever faced. Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

But as Mrs. Obama raised, it’s not just our health that is suffering:  obesity-related medical costs and a less productive workforce are hampering America’s ability to compete in the global economy.

 

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