If obesity rates continue on their current trajectory, thirteen states will end up with rates higher than 60% and all 50 states will have obesity rates above 44%, according to a new analysis conducted by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
These are some scary numbers!
Add to this the fact that healthcare costs would rise by tens of billions of dollars each year, and we could have a full-blown disaster on our hands.
Sadly, these types of projections come out all the time, but I don’t think they have much, if any, effect on us. We simply can’t comprehend the numbers. We all live in our own little worlds. So thinking about this issue on the national level is something we’re not accustomed to.
And we keep hearing about how bad the problem is, but where are all the articles highlighting the solutions to this epidemic? That’s what I would like to see. I don’t need to see more numbers…I want to see ideas. It’s time for action!
What do you think?
If you could initiate one idea that would help to curb the obesity epidemic, what would it be?
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