Unchecked Rise In Obesity Will Be Costly To States, Report Says

September 18, 2012
by Ankita Rao
Kaiser Health News


A new report analyzing obesity trends warns that health care costs will increase alongside U.S. waistlines if current rates are left unchecked. It calls for mobilizing public health efforts and expanding funding to help adults and children become leaner.

Mississippi, Louisiana and WestVirginia have the highest adult obesity rates, but projections of health trends for 2030 weren’t promising for other states either, according to “F as in Fat,” a report released on Tuesday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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