Overweight and Obesity Prevention

Obesity is one of the most serious public health concerns facing our state today.

obesity rate: 1995 was 15.3%, 2010 was 25.4%. source: BRFSS

Obesity is a major health issue for both individuals
and the community.

causes of death: over 50% of deaths are from obesity-related chronic diseases. source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

Obesity leads to runaway health care costs
and decreased productivity.

financial burden of obesity: 2004 estimated $1.3 billion, 2006 $2.8 billion. 2004 source: Finkelstein EA, Fiebelkorn IC, and Wang G. State-level estimates of annual medical expenditures attributable to obesity. Obesity Research, 2004,12;18-24.) 2006 source: Justin G. Trogdon, Eric A. Finkelstein, Charles W. Feagan and Joel W. Cohen. State- and Payer-Specific Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obesity (2011) doi:10.1038/oby.2011.169)

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Updated Monday, March 17, 2014 at 09:11AM