Slowing America's rising obesity rates -- by as little as 1% -- would save our country $85 billion in health care costs over the next 20 years, according to an analysis revealed at the "Weight of the Nation" conference in Washington, D.C., this week.
In fact, people who suffer from obesity incur some of the highest health costs in the nation, and researchers believe that the number of obese people will rise from 5% now to about 11% by 2030.
So, how do we combat obesity healthily? Quit smoking, eat less fast food, and get more exercise. And, most importantly, get your children hooked on healthy habits! It's way easier to stay healthy when you've been taught how to by your role models.
We're talking to you, Kim K.
Did you know? ... America has the highest obesity rate in the world, that it's cheaper to prevent obesity than to treat it, and that people without a high school degree are likelier to be obese? For more "shocking" facts, go here.
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- Not sure how to eat in a healthful way? Visit USDA's choosemyplate.gov!
- Attention budgeters: Here's how to eat well and save some money.
- How to start eating healthier: 15 ways to eat better today!
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