Youth obesity to cost Maine $1.2 billion, UMaine study finds

November 5, 2012
by Jackie Farwell
Bangor Daily News


Obesity among children and teens in Maine could cost more than $1 billion over the next 20 years, according to a newUniversity of Maine study.

Today, just under 8 percent of Maine’s children and adolescents are obese. But as those youths grow into adults, that proportion likely will rise to more than 25 percent, according to the study by Todd Gabe, an economics professor at UMaine.

Obese children are much more likely than their healthy-weight peers to grow into obese adults, the study found. The medical costs from obesity increase as people age.

“We’ve all heard about the nationwide obesity epidemic, and these figures bring the problem — especially the challenge facing our children as they become adults — closer to home,” Gabe said.


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