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Sugary Drinks Ban Overturned by New Howard County Exec

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Diabetic_Coke2_0Elections have sweet consequences in Howard County. In his first week in office, newly installed County Executive Allan Kittleman brought sugary drinks back to the suburban Baltimore county.

Obesity Costs Howard County $169 Million Per Year

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Prevalence of Obesity among Maryland Adults , via Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
Prevalence of Obesity among Maryland Adults , via Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,

Obesity takes a toll on the body, but it also has an effect on the wider community, too: studies have shown that obese people miss more days of work, earn lower wages, and cost their employers more in terms of workman’s comp claims.

Even in Howard County, the healthiest county in the state, more than half the population falls into the “overweight” or “obese” range, as measured by the (somewhat controversial) BMI; issues related to obesity cost the county’s businesses more than $169 million per year, according to a new study by the Horizon Foundation.

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