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Our Current Epidemic: A Large Challenge

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Alaskans and Americans face numerous threats to our health and economy. Perhaps none is greater than the challenges to our life expectancy and ever increasing health care costs posed by the medical complications related to our ever worsening epidemic of overweight and obesity.

Across our state, region, and country one third of adults are obese and an additional one third are overweight. These dismal numbers continue to worsen each year. Surveys show as many as 40% of Alaska’s school children are overweight or obese.

Hurlburt, MD, MPH, Ward


Alaska Division of Public Health

Obesity Epidemic

September 9, 2011

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