PORTLAND -- Oregonians are getting fatter. A report released by the Oregon Health Authority this week says 60 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, and researchers blame poor nutrition and a lack of exercise.
The authority says the rate of Oregonians considered overweight has increased from 32 percent to 36 percent since 1990 while the rate of people deemed obese has more than doubled -- from 11 percent to 24 percent.
A 5-foot-4 adult is generally considered overweight if he or she weighs at least 146 pounds. Those weighing more 175 pounds are labeled obese.
According to the report, obesity-related chronic diseases cost Oregonians about $1.6 billion in annual medical expenses. The average annual medical costs for an obese person are an estimated $1,429 higher than for the non-obese.