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More Americans obese now than 10 years ago

Posted On Mon, January 4, 2010

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the ways people may help keep health insurance costs down for everyone.

However, a recent report from the Associated Press notes that some health goals set by the government 10 years ago were not met by the American public. The report notes that there are more obese people in the country than 10 years ago, while Americans continue to eat more salt and fat.

The goals are set every decade by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Healthy People project, and the AP said that goals for the next decade may be greater in number, though less ambitious in scope.

Dr. Howard Koh is the overseer of the project and told the AP that the goals need to achievable, though at the same time should be something that makes people "reach."

"That's a balance that's sometimes a challenge to strike," Koh said.

According to the project, the goals set in 2000 called for the number of obese adults to drop to 15 percent. However, numbers show it increased from about a quarter of that population to 34 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that obesity and being overweight can lead to both health and economic consequences. For example, people who are obese or overweight may be more likely to get coronary heart disease or diabetes. It also puts a greater monetary strain on the healthcare system through medical costs.

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