Udall: Investing in Americans' health
October 7, 2012
by Senator Mark Udall
Colorado is home to some of the fittest Americans in the country, but like most of our nation, we are facing a growing problem: ourselves.
According to a recent study from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one-fifth of Coloradans are obese. And the study projects that nearly 45 percent of Coloradans will be obese by 2030. If the projected trend continues, more and more Americans will live with chronic diseases related to obesity, including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Moreover, medical costs associated with treating those preventable diseases would be estimated to increase by $48 billion to $66 billion per year in the United States.
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