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Guest Commentary: Stop hike in obesity rates

September 27, 2012
by James O. Hill
Denver Post

 

A new report on obesity was released recently by the Trust for America's Health. Obesity rates continue to increase in every state and are being followed by increases in chronic diseases and health care costs. Colorado remains the state with the lowest proportion of obese adults (20.7 percent), but our rates are escalating. Even worse is that we are middle of the pack for obesity in children.

The report predicts two different futures for each state. One predicts obesity rates and health care costs in 2030 if the current trend continues and the second if we were to produce a 5 percent reduction in average body mass index (a measure of obesity). If nothing changes, Colorado will still be the leanest state in 2030, but with an obesity rate of 44 percent (more than double).

 

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