I recently wrote this story for the Georgia Public health News Bureau, and my classmate Marcie McClellan produced an accompanying video. Obesity is a hot button issue right now in the media, particularly in Georgia. No matter what you think of anti-obesity campaigns or the best way to deal with the obesity epidemic, we can all agree that the country’s rising weight is costly — and not just for the obese individual.
Direct medical costs associated with going to the doctor and indirect costs like lost productivity and disability affect everyone. One way Georgia businesses are trying to gain control of this problem is by implementing workplace wellness programs, and the state is beginning to fund initiatives geared toward healthier lifestyles for children and adults alike.