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Americans are becoming increasingly overweight and obese. During the past four decades, the obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 has more than quadrupled, and more than tripled for adolescents. The negative consequences of obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, make it a major public health problem. Approximately $79 billion is spent each year for over-weight and obesity, with about one-half of these costs paid by Medicare and Medicaid.Year: 2010•State: Illinois•Type: Fact Sheet or Infographic•Source: Office of Policy and Planning-Chicago Department of Public Health•Policy: Revenue, Finance, Regionalism, Health