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Study: Bay Area bears weight of obesity

Original post made on Jul 14, 2009

Rampant obesity is costing Bay Area businesses and taxpayers more than $9 billion a year, according to a new study from a Davis-based public health nonprofit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 1:03 PM

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Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Interesting article but the headline "Bay Area bears weight of obesity" is misleading. Using the reference and Web Link there is not much difference between cost per individual. L.A. county is on my "eyeball average" about $1200/person. Santa Clara is about the same but Alameda Co. does exceed. Smaller counties tend to be a bit better.

But how did they arrive at these numbers and what do they mean?? Looking for methodology, I end up at the same place every time.

I do believe there is a major problem. We visited the Maritimes in the late '90s. We noted in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia many individuals that we likened to the Pillsbury Doughboy. When we returned to the bay area, we noted a considerable difference; there were very few noticeably overweight people. A pediatrician friend who spends much time in Maine agreed. We put it up to longer, colder winters than ours.

I also noted that several years ago the local park [Bubb] was occupied all weekend with youth soccer games and baseball weekday evenings. Son-in-law who plays tournament softball in the S.F. area commented that there was a tremendous dropoff in the number of leagues and the number of games. I asked the reason: "computer games!".

Yeah, lack of P.E. and McDonald's but I think he hit it.
cheers,
NH


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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm

This study sounds like pure speculation and a pitch for someone to approve the grant for Goldstein's public education program.