….An expensive problem
Medical professionals have long warned of the medical and financial costs of the national obesity epidemic. Tuesday’s report estimated that Texas spends more than $5.7 billion on obesity-related chronic conditions, including hypertension, cancer, diabetes and back problems.
If obesity levels continue to surge as projected, Texans will spend more than $23.2 billion on obesity-linked health care in 2018, or about $1,255 per adult. The overall cost of obesity to the U.S. is $344 billion, the study found.
“We’ve had an explosion of (obesity-related) disease, which is a key driver of rising health care costs,” said Ken Thorpe, professor of health policy at Emory University and a contributing author of the America’s Health Rankings report.
If Texas’ obesity rate would begin to level off now, residents would spend 12 percent less on health care in 2018 than if obesity continues to grow at its current pace, Thorpe said.
On a scale of 1 to 50, we’re only a fat #14
By LYNSI BURTON Copyright 2009
Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau
Nov. 18, 2009, 11:44AM
……More than 61 percent of Texas is overweight or obese. Obesity in children has reached crisis proportions in Texas. More than 35 percent of Texas schoolchildren are overweight or obese. The number of overweight and obese children has doubled over the last 20 years, and it continues to rise….A child who is obese by age 12 has more than a 75 percent chance of becoming an obese adult.
Studies show that overweight children miss three or four times as much school as children who are not overweight and often struggle with social problems, such as depression and low self-esteem. They also increase their risk for Type 2 diabetes and for adult long-term illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, asthma and certain cancers. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the diseases associated with obesity are increasing at the same rate as obesity itself.