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”.
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%.