Panel Puts Focus on Obesity Causes, Consequences

January 3, 2014
by Ellyn Ferguson
Roll Call

America is a nation struggling with the issue of weight and the consequences of obesity.

Nearly 69 percent of adults are overweight or obese, with every state reporting that at least 20 percent of the adult population is obese, according to a report by the Trust for America’s Health and another from the Institute of Medicine. More than 31 percent of the country’s children carry extra pounds.

As Americans have gotten heavier, the incidences of diabetes and other chronic illnesses have risen, the IOM says. The estimated cost for treating the illnesses is $190.2 billion.


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