RWJF warns obesity can bring with it a host of related health problems, including maternal health conditions, obesity-related cancers, kidney disease, arthritis, dementia, depression, and anxiety. If Texas continues this way, RWJF projects heart disease cases will rise from 1.26 million in 2010 to 5.69 million in 2030, and obesity-related cancer will increase from nearly 330,000 to more than 810,000.
Despite these grim statistics, obesity rates in many U.S. cities and states have leveled off or declined, even among young children in low-income families, writes RWJF Senior Vice President John. R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH. This is good news, since “research shows that kids who receive a healthy start in life stand a much better chance of graduating college, earning higher-paying jobs, avoiding chronic diseases, and living longer lives,” Dr. Lumpkin says.
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