Lewis W. Diuguid

Obesity in Missouri bigger health care problem for state

Updated: 2013-04-29T15:13:09Z

Missouri is weighing heavier on the nation for those who are concerned about people’s health.

University of Alabama-Birmingham researchers have found that folks in the Show-Me State have a lot to show. By taking out the fudge-factor, researchers now find that Missourians moved from 17th place among the most obese states to No. 1.

The Centers with Disease Control and Prevention numbers had logged 27 percent of Missouri residents obese. However, researchers found that the more accurate number is 42.6 percent, The Kansas City Star reports.

That’s not good because of the many negative health-related problems that being overweight creates. They include strokes, heart disease, cancers and diabetes.

It will cause greater health care costs for the state. The new data also adds to Gov. Jay Nixon’s push to expand Medicaid.

The legislature needs to act now to save the state a lot of money.

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