State Healthcare Burdened as More Than Two-Thirds of Alaskans Classified as Overweight or Obese

8/20/12

Rising obesity rates are threatening the state’s Medicaid program. That’s according to Karen Fink, the State’s Program Manager for the Obesity Prevention and Control Program.

 

 

Fink said those rates were gathered using BM calculations, which are a height to weight calculation.

 

The figures came out in a recent study, and many of the participants indicated that regulations around food marketing would be helpful. Fink said sugary drinks were named as a contributing factor, but they were just one part of the problem.

 

Overall, she said diet and exercise have degenerated over the last two decades, as the rate of overweight/obese residents reached 50 per cent in the 1990’s.

 

She said change would have to involve personal choice as well as external regulations.

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