A new study released this week at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Weight of the Nation” meeting predicts 42% of Americans may be obese by 2030, and 11% could be severely obese. As of 2010, about 36% of adults were obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight. 6% were severely obese, which is 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight.
The study is published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The increase in the obesity rate would mean 32 million more obese people within two decades … on top of 78 million people who were obese in 2010.
Extra weight takes a huge toll on health … increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, sleep apnea, and other debilitating and chronic illnesses.
Obesity is a major contributor to the increase in health care spending over the past 20 years.
Truth is, all Americans are paying for increasing health care costs for our heavier fellow citizens.
Our thought for today is from Paul Dudley White:
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”