Report tracks costs of Oregon's obesity epidemic

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A new report looks at the medical costs associated with 60% of Oregon adults being overweight or obese.

Between 1990 and 2009 obesity rates in Oregon increased a drastic 121 percent, with over 1.76 million Oregon adults classified as obese or overweight in 2009, based on a report released yesterday by the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division.

The increasing obesity rates have also forced a jump in the cost of health care, according to the report. Oregon medical costs related to adult obesity reached $1.6 billion in 2006, $339 million of the which was paid by Medicare, and $333 million by Medicaid.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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