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childhood obesity 92174036 Lawmakers & Doctors Talk Texas Childhood Obesity

Overweight teenagers during a morning walk. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s a movement afoot to get state lawmakers more involved in addressing the obesity problem in Texas.

Lawmakers and doctors continued a dialogue at the third annual Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) public health forum.

The event being held this week focused on how childhood obesity can impact other areas.

“Obesity is costing us in terms of productivity in the workplace and competitiveness with our fellow states, and I would argue even other countries,” said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

According to Sanchez, employers like the State of Texas and other government entities, should look at worksite wellness programs to motivate individuals to be healthier.

While acknowledging the ‘ripple effect’ to adults, Dr. Sanchez declared that the obesity epidemic on Texas children cannot be overstated and should motivate state lawmakers and others to work toward a solution.

“There are programs that are indeed holding the line and or reversing childhood obesity that we could talk about and try to find ways to put in more schools in Texas,” he said.

According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office, obesity costs to state businesses could reach $32.5 billion annually by 2030, if obesity rates continue as expected.

Click here to find out more about the TPHC and the pubic health forum held September 25.

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