Thursday, August 16. 2012
The Trust for America's Health recently released a report with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which showed that more than 10 states are struggling with sizable obesity issues.
Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the country, with more than one-third of its citizens considered to be obese, the report explained. In contrast, Colorado had the lowest rate, with approximately one-fifth of its population in the obese category. The Midwest and the South has 26 out of the 30 states with the highest levels in the report.
"Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and healthcare costs," said Dr. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH. "It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced."
High levels of obesity can make health insurance rates increase even for those who are not dealing with weight issues. For those looking to improve their healthcare situation, it may be a good plan to look for policies online with affordable health insurance rates, as there may be better options available.
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