Hospitals Ratchet Up their Obesity Battle

July 2014
Hospitals & Health Networks;Jul2014, Vol. 88 Issue 7, p55
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The article discusses the role of hospitals in the battle of obesity in the U.S. where more than one-third of adults and 17% of children are obese. It notes the risks of obesity in increasing other serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It highlights the medical cost of obesity ranging from $147 billion to $210 billion annually and accounts $61.8 billion in annual Medicare and Medicaid spending. It also notes that African-Americans have the highest obesity rates.


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