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It’s long past time for Americans to tackle our obesity problem.

According to a report released recently by Trust for America’s Health, by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese.

The distressing forecast predicts that every state will have an obesity rate above 44 percent by that time. The country’s skyrocketing insurance costs aren’t likely to improve, either, as medical costs from obesity-related diseases are likely to increase a gut-busting $48 billion, to $66 billion per year.

Already, about two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and the problem is especially pronounced in the Hoosier state. A Ball State study released this spring showed that more than 66 percent of the state’s adult population is considered overweight or obese, about 2.5 percentage points higher than the national average.

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