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CT Obesity Rate Predicted to Hit 46.5% in 2030

Health care costs and diseases could skyrocket if current trends hold true, according to a report.

 

Connecticut is currently one of the least obese states in the nation, but a report predicts that the obesity rate could double by 2030 if the current trajectory continues. 

A report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicts Connecticut’s obesity rate could rise from 24.5 percent to 46.5 percent, causing a spike in diseases and health care costs.

In Connecticut alone, the analysis predicts that health care costs could rise 15.7 percent by 2030, which would be the 22nd highest increase in the country in that time frame.

Also, “obesity [in Connecticut] could contribute to 412,641 new cases of type 2 diabetes, 1,014,057 new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, 941,046 new cases of hypertension, 597,155 new cases of arthritis, and 147,883 new cases of obesity-related cancer.”

"This study shows us two futures for America's health," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"At every level of government, we must pursue policies that preserve health, prevent disease and reduce health care costs. Nothing less is acceptable."

To combat obesity, the report made several public policy recommendations, such as making physical education a priority in schools, improving school lunches and encouraging people to use preventative health care.

ifoundfitness September 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
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edmund dantes September 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Improving school lunches? more doctor visits? what bunk. been there, done that for 40 years. same old, same old. that's part of the problem, not the solution. the real problem is that food is too cheap in the USA. compared to those in other countries, we spend just a tiny fraction of our income on food. it's cheap because of multi-billion $ food subsidies, and not just to farmers. layers and layers of subsidies. you want to knock down obesity? get the government out of the food business, let prices go to the actual cost of production, and people will allocate their dollars away from food. money talks, bs walks. america is the first country in the history of humankind in which one of the problems of being poor is being obese.
Scott Wheeler September 24, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I have been to 12 different countries and it is not the price of food that causes obesity, it is the culture. Italy ban US junk food commercials due to what they were teaching kids. Dont blame anyone or any system but yourself.

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