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Monday, 15th August 2011

Preventing Obesity and Its Consequences

Source: RAND Corporation

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For the past two decades, obesity rates have been increasing at an alarming rate worldwide. In the United States, the Obama administration has made fighting childhood obesity a top priority. A substantial portfolio of RAND work focuses on the causes of obesity and its economic and health consequences. This research highlight summarizes some of the key studies.

Extensive research has shown that obesity increases the risk — or worsens the prognosis — for a variety of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Indeed, in 2002, RAND research showed that the health consequences of obesity are worse than those of smoking and problem drinking (Sturm, 2002). Obesity increases health care costs by 25 to 100 percent over the costs of persons of normal weight (Sturm, 2002; Andreyeva, Sturm, and Ringel, 2004). A recent RAND study showed that lowering obesity rates to their 1978 level by 2030 would decrease rates of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease; increase longevity and years of disability-free life; and decrease Medicare and Medicaid costs (Goldman et al., 2010).

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An Info Pro, librarian, entrepreneur, author, worldwide connector and book-lover, Heather Negley is recognized for her new ways of thinking about librarianship, research, social media and creativity. Heather is the founder of HelpALibrarian.com and Zing Information Services. She has most recently been an Information Research Specialist with the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress where she provided business research for members of Congress and their staffs. Heather also worked as a research reporter for U.S. News and World Report and as a technical advertising producer on the washingtonpost.com. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA.

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