Issue: Obesity

Help Iowa Become a Leader in Achieving Better Health

The numbers are startling. Since 1988, the obesity rate in Iowa has increased from 14 percent to 32 percent. Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports by the time today’s kids are 35, half will be obese. Obesity continues to be one of the costliest conditions among health insured consumers in Iowa. The US is experiencing an unsustainable disease burden; more than 133 million Americans, or 45 percent of the population, have at least one chronic condition.

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