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Obesity Rates Will Continue to Increase, Drive Health Care Costs in New Jersey in Next Decade, According to New Study
Date:11/17/2009

hould all understand that we have the power to change course and save billions in spending and millions of lives."

At the national level, obesity accounts for nearly 10 percent of what the U.S. spends annually on health care. One-third of the increase in domestic health spending since the mid-1980s is linked to the doubling of obesity.

Dr. Thorpe's report can be accessed at www.fightchronicdisease.org or at www.americashealthrankings.com.

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national and state-based coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. The New Jersey Partnership, which includes more than 140 partners, is co-chaired by former Governor James J. Florio and David L. Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit: www.fightchronicdisease.org.

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