Kansas, Missouri on Track to Becoming Fattest States

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In less than 20 years, Kansas and Missouri could both be in the top 10 for most obese states.

That’s according to a new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. If the study proves true, Kansas will become the 7th most obese state by 2030 and Missouri is on track to become the 9th.

Obesity-related diseases and health care costs are expected to increase dramatically as well.

More than 13 states will top a 60 percent obesity rate by 2030 and every single state will be above 44 percent.

The number of Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10-fold by the year 2020 and then double again by the year 2030.

The study shows medical costs increasing by up to $66 billion per year by 2030.

The study says this can all be prevented if states decrease their body mass indexes by five percent. The potential savings could be nearly $6 billion in Kansas and $13.4 billion in Missouri.

Currently, Kansas ranks as the 12th most obese state and Missouri as the 13th.

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