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New Data Shows Obesity Costs Will Grow to $344 Billion by 2018
Date:11/17/2009

--- ------ South Dakota 32.7% 50.4% $1,008 $1,729 ------------ ---- ---- ------ ------

The obesity rate will remain below 35 percent in only four states and the District of Columbia; nevertheless, obesity-attributable health spending will climb to more than $800 per person by 2018 in each state:

        "Best"    2008 Obesity 2018 Obesity Total State Cost Cost Per Person
        States        Rate         Rate      (in millions)       by 2018
                                               by 2018
        ------    ------------ ------------ ---------------- ---------------
    Colorado          23.8%        29.8%        $3,235            $864
    --------          ----         ----         ------            ----
    Connecticut       26.1%        33.6%        $2,907          $1,052
    -----------       ----         ----         ------          ------
    Massachusetts     26.0%        33.9%        $5,771          $1,119
    ------------      ----         ----         ------          ------
    Virginia          30.2%        33.4%        $6,789          $1,053
    -------------     ----         ----         ------          ------
    DC                26.4%        29.2%          $341            $933
    --                ----         ----           ----            ----

Dr. Thorpe's study can be accessed at www.fightchronicdisease.org/pdfs/CostofObesityReport-FINAL.pdf or at www.americashealthrankings.org.

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