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Report: Oregonians Are Getting Fatter
Oregonians are getting fatter.
A report released by the Oregon Health Authority this week says
60 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, and
researchers blame poor nutrition and a lack of exercise.
The authority says the rate of Oregonians considered overweight
has increased from 32 percent to 36 percent since 1990 while the
rate of people deemed obese has more than doubled - from 11 percent
to 24 percent.
A 5-foot-4 adult is generally considered overweight if he or she
weighs at least 146 pounds. Those weighing more 175 pounds are
According to the report, obesity-related chronic diseases cost
Oregonians about $1.6 billion in annual medical expenses. The
average annual medical costs for an obese person are an estimated
$1,429 higher than for the non-obese.