Message from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

New York State is facing a growing obesity problem. Studies link childhood obesity to increased health problems and health care costs. An estimated 1.4 million young New Yorkers are considered to be obese or overweight. My office released a report Wednesday on childhood obesity and its growing cost to New York State.

 

Obesity-related health care costs for these young people are estimated at $327 million in 2011, and rising. Costs for obesity-related health care increase with age, and are estimated at $11.8 billion for all New Yorkers in 2011.

 

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Reports

ARE YOU POURING ON THE POUNDS?

Health bulletin. Don’t drink yourself fat. How to cut back on soda, juice and other sugary beverages.Credit: NY City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES, OBESITY, & CHRONIC DISEASE FACT SHEET

Credit: Boston Public Health Commission Read the fact sheet >

 

VIDEO: TIME TO FOCUS ON HEALTHIER BEVERAGES

Watch Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the Dept. of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, discuss the evidence that sugary drinks are an important contributor to the epidemic rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

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PUBLIC HEALTH TAKES AIM AT SUGAR & SALT

Research at the Harvard School of Public Health and elsewhere, for example, has tied sugary drinks to an epidemic of obesity in the United States.

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BUBBLING OVER: SODA CONSUMPTION & ITS LINK TO OBESITY

This study reports geographic variations in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among children, adolescents, and adults and examines the correlation between soda consumption and obesity.

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SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES & LINK BETWEEN OBESITY & CANCER

The Cancer Action Network, in a report entitled “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Link Between Obesity and Cancer,” says that obese men and women have a two time greater risk of esophageal cancer than healthy weight individuals.

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“TV and Soda: Small habits cause weight creep”

“Just a few bad habits watching tv, eating potato chips, having a sugary soda at lunch or staying up too late at night can add up to a steady creep of pounds over the years. While most studies on diet focus on changes needed to help obese people lose weight, the study by the Harvard team shows tiny changes in diet and lifestyle can make a big impact”.

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TV and soda small habits cause weight creep

 

“Sugary Drinks: How Much Do We Consume?”

This is a report about an intercept survey conducted by the NY City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem District Public Health Offices. This survey’s aim was to determine how much and why residents consume sugary drinks.

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2012 NYS Opinion Poll Results on SSBs

These Information for Action (IFA) reports highlight the results of a 2012 public opinion poll of New York State adults. Highlights from the poll results include:

  • A majority of New Yorkers support banning SSBs in schools and prohibiting SSBs from being served in licensed childcare centers and afterschool programs. Read more →
  • New Yorkers support requiring healthier drink options in kids’ fast food meals. Read more →
  • New Yorkers consider sports drinks a healthier choice for children than soda even though sports drinks have similar amounts of sugar. Read more →

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