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A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Obesity has become the worst epidemic disease in America. The World Bank estimates that obesity cost the United States 12 percent of the national health care budget in the late 2004, about $160 billion.
The obesity crisis is leading us into three distinct problems. The first is an increased incidence of a number of chronic diseases, including: type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, asthma, osteoarthritis, and even some forms of cancer. Two-thirds of all diabetes and heart diseases are a result of obesity. The second predicament is the combination of increasing numbers of elderly people, among whom these diseases are more prevalent, and the increasing health care costs for this population.
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