The effects of excess weight include:
- High blood pressure; it is twice as common
- Type 2 diabetes; risk doubles
- Risk for osteoarthritis increases by 9-13% for every two pound weight gain. A weight gain of more than 20 pounds from age 18 to midlife doubles the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer in women
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The Economic Impact on Nevada
The economic impact of excess weight and obesity is staggering. In Nevada, the estimated costs for treating conditions associated with excess weight and obesity totals $337 million annually according to estimates from the CDC. That number is only expected to grow.