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Florida health officials want to curb growing rate of obesity in the state

FLORIDA  --  Florida health officials are launching a new program aimed at curbing alarming obesity rates in the state. State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health says -"The top public health threat to our future is weight".

How a study shows two-thirds of Floridians will be obese by 2030 if they don't make changes.

Kalie Desimone- choosing to eat a healthy foods and exercising reguarly can help in the fight against obesity but take a listen to what the state of Florida is doing to help.

The number 1 public health threat that challenges the future of Florida is weight.
Currently, only 35 percent of Floridians are at healthy weight. One quarter are obese, and the rest are overweight. If this trend were to continue.  

By 2030, almost 60 percent of those living in Florida would be considered obese. The costs of care for chronic diseases from obesity alone-diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis-are estimated to ring in at a whopping 34 billion dollars over the next 17 years.

The Florida Department of Health has announced that it will provide a comprehensive profile regarding the healthiest weight for each Florida county.

The tool includes demographic, behavioral and built environment measures relating to the community's healthy weight status. It will also provide data for health and weight-related research and encourage communities to continue their efforts to improve nutrition and increase physical activity.

Josh Uaschunke- Fitness Director
"We don't need to talk about elimination. We need to talk about moderation. Portion sizes have gotten out of control over the past 10-15 years and if we cut back on everything we will be able to enjoy everything."

By cutting down a  BMI by just 5 percent- you can avoid diseases associated with obesity.

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