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We need to end child obesity today

September 9, 2010
by GEORGE VOINOVICH
Chillicothe Gazette

Since the mid-1970s, obesity rates in the United States have sky-rocketed for children and adults alike, raising serious concerns about the implications on Americans' health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that annual spending related to overweight and obese Americans is more than $264 billion -- exceeding what we spend on tobacco-related illnesses each year.

 

Ohioans have been particularly hard hit by this rise in obesity. Today, nearly 29 percent of Ohio's adults are obese, making our state the 13th heaviest in the nation. And, according to the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ohio's childhood obesity rate is nearly 19 percent.

 

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