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Comptroller Report Reveals Obesity Costs to Texas Businesses

By Floyd Miller



Ladies and Gentlemen: Today we released our report, Counting Costs and Calories, that tells the story of obesity in Texas, its costs to Texas Employers and the devastating health effects on today’s work force and our children—the work force of tomorrow. Obesity cost Texas businesses an estimated $3.3 billion in 2005. This includes the direct cost of health care and the related, indirect costs of employee absenteeism, lost productivity and disability. Obesity is on the rise. In 2005, there were nearly 3 million more obese adults in Texas than in 1990. If nothing is done to reverse or slow this trend, the annual costs to Texas businesses could reach $15.8 billion by 2025. This report focuses on Texas, but obesity is a nationwide epidemic. I call on you, as one of our state’s business leaders, to read Counting Costs and Calories at and share it with your members. Sincerely, Susan CombsTexas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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