Medical cost of obesity in Oregon: $1.6 billion a year
May 15, 2012
by Jose Rojas-Burke
Obesity-related chronic diseases cost Oregon about $1.6 billion in medical expenses each year, the Oregon Health Authority estimates in a new report on the obesity epidemic
The rate of obesity among Oregon adults rose from 10 percent in 1990 to more 25 percent in recent years,according to surveys by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The prevalence of overweight adults increased less steeply, from 32 percent in 1990 to more than 35 percent since 2008. And believe it or not, Oregon is doing better than 34 states that have grown even fatter, according to ananalysis by the Trust for America’s Health.
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