Rising obesity rates are increasing health care expenditures

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Lochhead in the article “Obesity a crushing weight on US health care” writes that obesity is the elephant in the room of health care reform, a public health catastrophe that kills more than 100,000 Americans a year, cost the nation $147 billion last year and threatens to shorten U.S. life expectancy for the first time since the Civil War.

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