Needless to say, it's well known that obesity causes a myriad of health problems. There is good news though, in that people are now actively trying to do something about it. Even though exercise is not a weight-loss panacea, it is still healthier to be active than inactive.
If sufficient resources were made available to improve conditions throughout the state to make biking/walking to work, school, running errands, and so forth a realistic option for the majority of the population, imagine the improved health of the state, not to mention the savings in health-care costs! There may even be a net savings in time, when one factors in the time spent parking, and time that otherwise would be needed to go to the gym to get an equivalent level of fitness.