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Baby Boomers & Obesity

One would think Americans would be the healthiest people in the universe with all of the information available to us about how to stay healthy. After all, we’re bombarded with polished pitchman selling everything from exercise machines to miracle weight loss programs.

The reality however, is quite the opposite. A recent study from the Trust for America’s Health, raises new concerns about obesity at all levels of American society, particularly with aging Baby Boomers.

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, obesity-related costs to Medicare and Medicaid are likely to grow significantly because of the large number of people in that age grouping and their high rate of obesity.

North Central Kansas Wellness Center Director Lori May says, “It doesn’t have to be that way, there are solutions.”
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The new study shows Kansas 18th in a ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Our state has an obesity rate of 27.2% among 55-to-64 year olds.

May says, the consequences of non-action for baby boomers is not necessarily a shorter life, but a life lacking “quality of life”.

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The state with the lowest Baby Boomer obesity rate is next door neighbor Colorado at 18.9%.  Mississippi had the highest rate at 32.5%.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".