Lafayette has an obesity problem, study finds

Obesity is considered a major issue, if not an epidemic, in the United. States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of American adults and about 17 percent of young people were obese in 2012.

WalletHub recently published a study ranking metro cities from fattest to thinnest, and many Louisiana cities, including Lafayette, did not fare well. Lafayette ranked in the top 20 fattest metro cities in the United States, behind Shreveport, which sits in the No. 2 spot, and New Orleans, which is ranked No. 5. Baton Rouge is ranked 40th fattest city.

Baton Rouge, however, has the third highest percentage of adults who are obese. The Shreveport-Bossier area has the second highest percentage of adults who are obese, as well as the fourth highest rate of diabetes and the second highest percentage of residents with high blood pressure.

U.S. residents are packing on the pounds, but the result means lighter wallets, too.

By one estimate, Americans spend up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment, elevating health-care costs exponentially for obese adults and children compared with healthier individuals. It affects the workplace, as well, due to workers not being able to work due to having to take days off for treatment. If obesity trends continue at their current rate, treatment costs could rise as much as $66 billion a year and annual productivity losses by up to $580 billion by 2030.

You can read the whole study here.

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