High obesity rate increases health care costs in Indiana

June 05, 2006

The obesity crisis costs the U.S. an estimated 75 billion dollars a year, and results in higher health care costs for people in both private and tax-funded insurance plans. Unfortunately, Indiana sits near the heavy end of the scales, ninth among the states in the percentage of the population who are obese. As a result, the state contends with high per capita healthcare costs and high rates of obesity-related diseases.

This poses a challenge and an opportunity for leaders and policymakers who can influence public policies that promote healthy lifestyles.

Researchers at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment have investigated the effects and demographics of the obesity epidemic, and they use the information to inform policymakers about effective public programs.

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