• Obesity Costs Delaware $207 Million Every Year

    by  • April 28, 2012 • Economics, Health • 0 Comments

    rattay2Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health spoke on Thursday at the Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit in Dover on the cost to Delaware of obesity related diseases.

    In her remarks, Dr. Rattay noted that obesity causes diabetes, heart disease, several types of cancer, sleep apnea, joint problems, liver and gallbladder diseases and gynecological problems; and that childhood obesity in the U.S. has tripled since the 1970s, a public health catastrophe.

    Studies have clearly demonstrated that a modest amount of physical activity every day – an hour or less – can have an enormous positive impact on human health.  Children could get much of the physical exercise they need to stay healthy just by walking or bicycling to and from school.  But most children are driven to school even when they live less than a mile away.  From a public health point-of-view, this is an enormous squandered opportunity.

    Obesity in U.S. children has tripled in just the last 40 years.



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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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