OBESITY TASK FORCE BILL DISCUSSIONS ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

Bill (H 1999) Creates a Task Force on the Impact of Obesity to examine the impact of obesity in the state including the cost implications for employer and employee premiums and out of pocket expenses, lost productivity, impacts on wellness and health, comorbidities and on the overall costs to the health care system.

“The complications of obesity are serious medical problems and put people at risk for heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death,” said Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), the sponsor of the bill. “The Center for Disease Control has predicted that by 2030, 42 percent of American adults will be obese and that’s a condition that shortens life and incurs large medical expenses. While there is no simple solution to the obesity epidemic, it’s important that we assemble this task force to allow policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, health care professionals and others to tame this disease and develop policies and strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone.”

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