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[Infographic] The Cost Of Obesity


Sarah currently works in community relations for the George Washington University’s public health graduate programs, which provides prospective students the ability to earn a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) online. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and 16 Handles frozen yogurt.


During National Public Health Week (NPHW) the American Public Health Association (APHA) and public health advocates across the nation helped bring awareness to different health issues our communities face. To support this year’s NPHW theme, “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money,” the APHA and Piktochart teamed up to run an infographic contest.

The George Washington University was featured as a national winner for their infographic: The Cost of Obesity. In 2004, the CDC ranked obesity as the number one health risk facing America. Today, we are still facing massive risk; in fact, if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, 44% of Americans will be obese by 2030.

The facts are startling and unsettling, but the good news is that some states are making progress. From 2009 to 2011 Mississippi reported the biggest decline in childhood obesity rates, at about 13%, by setting nutritional standards in school vending machines, requiring more in-school physical activity and promoting healthy eating.

To learn more about the rise in obesity and its associated cost, check out the infographic below:


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