Statewide coalition troubled by steady annual increase in NH obesity rate

Concord, NH (August 28, 2007)— The New Hampshire Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a statewide coalition committed to making the issue of chronic disease the key health care issue in the 2008 presidential election, identified yesterday’s Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) report on national and state obesity rates as a wakeup call for all Granite Staters.

The TFAH study ranked New Hampshire’s obesity rate as 38th nationally for adult obesity and 33rd nationally for overweight children ages 10-17. More alarming than New Hampshire’s middle-of-the-road ranking was the state’s designation of a state with statistically significant increases for two years in a row.

“Yesterday’s Trust for America’s Health study clearly indicates that there is a disturbing trend in New Hampshire,” commented Joil Bergeron, the Director of the Fitness Professionals Association of New Hampshire and a NH PFCD partner. “Obesity in our state is increasing annually at a truly alarming rate. This report is further proof of the need for real and substantive discussions about chronic disease prevention in New Hampshire and the nation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of overweight children in the United States has tripled since 1980 —and the percentage of obese New Hampshire residents has doubled since 1990, from 11 percent to 22 percent in 2006. Approximately 42,000 New Hampshire children (about 12 percent) suffer from a chronic health condition —and at least 10,000 of these children suffer from severe to life-threatening illnesses.

A copy of the TFAH study can be found at: www.healthyamericans.org.

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.

The PFCD’s mission is to:

§ Challenge policymakers – in particular, the 2008 presidential candidates – to make the issue of chronic disease a top priority and articulate how they will address the issue through their health care proposals

 

§ Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation

 

§ Mobilize Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

New Hampshire PFCD Partners include: AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America / New England Chapter, Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, Chronic Conditions Information Network of Vermont and New Hampshire, City of Manchester Health Department, Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions, Girl Scouts of the Swift Water Council, Greater Concord YMCA, Greater Keene YMCA, Greater Manchester YMCA, Greater Nashua YMCA, Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire, New England Clinicians Forum, New Hampshire Action for Healthy Kids, New Hampshire Arthritis Foundation, New Hampshire Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, New Hampshire for Health Care, New Hampshire Independent Pharmacists Association, New Hampshire Kidney Foundation, New Hampshire Pharmacists Association, New Hampshire Retired Educators Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Retired Chapter of the State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1984 and SkiNH.

For more information about PFCD, please visit: www.fightchronicdisease.org.