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Obesity Being Addressed In the Legislature

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By Brittany Cooper

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A concurrent resolution addressing nutrition in Idaho passed the House Health and Welfare Committee.

According to the legislation, 62% of Idaho's adult residents are overweight or obese.

Nutrition advocates say a reduction in the average body mass index by five percent could lead to major health care savings, more than one billion dollars in ten years and three billion in 20 years.

Idaho isn't alone in this country when it comes to obesity.

"This can compound into diabetes, into heart disease, into obesity–related cancers that are all proven if we have some nutrition–related intervention or if we are able to change our eating habits or change our physical activity patterns that we really could decrease the incidents of these chronic diseases," adds Dr. RoseAnna Holliday, Idaho Academy.

The measure goes for a full House vote next week.


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