Escalating Obesity Rates Pose Health, Budget Threats

Voelker, Rebecca
October 2012
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;10/17/2012, Vol. 308 Issue 15, p1514
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the increasing obesity rates in the U.S. adults which will affect the U.S. budget. It states that the escalating obesity rates in the U.S. is a major threat for the budgets as according to researchers it may increase the budget by 66 million dollars by 2030 for treating the obesity related disorders. According to the U.S. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America's Health foundation, government should reform health policies to prevent disease and reduce health care costs. It mentions that Mississippi had the highestadult obesity rate in 2011 and Colorado had the lowest obesity rate and population-wide decrease in body mass index can prevent obesity-related disease cases.


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