Obesity in Texas -- Where we Are:
More than 1/3 of Texas school-age children are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.
One in five Texans are obese.
Overweight and obesity cost the state about $10.5 billion in 2001 and these costs are projected to reach $40 billion by 2040.
"Obesity is among the most serious health challenges facing Texas. Obesity contributes to cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and mental health problems."
– Vince Fonseca, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Health Institute Initiatives:
• Partnership for a Healthy Texas
• Live Smart Texas
• Southern Obesity Summit
• Texas Action for Healthy Kids
If you would like more information, please contact Klaus Madsen at 512-279-3905 or email Klaus .