The Growing Cost of Aging in America Part 1: An Aging Population and Rising Health Care Costs

As baby boomers age, the sheer number of older adults will be unprecedented in U.S. history. The portion of the population living on fixed incomes with high medical expenses will increase as the proportion of seniors — especially those older than 85 — grows. In the first of a three-part series, we look at the numbers behind a growing aging population, the increase in national health costs, and the cost of health care for aging Americans.

What's the Difference Between Equity and Equality?

The terms equity and equality are related and it's easy to see why some people use them interchangeably. Knowing the difference is critical for public health professionals in understanding what a community or population may need to overcome challenges that can lead to health disparities.

The Dangerous Chemicals Found in Fast Food and Restaurants

Did you know every time you eat outside your home, you’re ingesting dangerous chemicals? Ami Zota examined this in a 2016 study which revealed that the more people ate fast food, the more they were exposed to phthalates. In her most recent study, she and a group of researchers expand the scope of this research to include food in restaurants and cafeterias.

Water Use in the U.S. vs. Cape Town

As Cape Town faces this water shortage, other cities around the globe should take note. In order to put the current crisis in perspective for Americans, we created the following graphic to compare the average amounts of household water use in the U.S. to the current daily restrictions for Capetonians.

The Cost of Obesity in America

Obesity rates in the United States have tripled since the 1960s and doubled since the 1980s. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, a national epidemic that contributes to chronic disease, disability, and death, and places a large financial strain on the health care system.

Local Officials Often Make Health Care Decisions with Little Input from Citizens

In 2016, U.S. state and local governments spend $558 billion on health care. And yet, each year, only 20 percent of eligible voters actually vote in local elections. We examined some offices related to health, health care, and public health that are decided by local elections, the types of decisions that come with those positions, and the consequences of not voting.