The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report in which they indicated that an estimated 42% of Americans will be obese by the year 2030.
That’s roughly an additional 32 million Americans who will become obese in the next 18-years. Not only that, the proportion of severely obese Americans will reach roughly double the current rate, reaching an astounding 11%.
An increase of this caliber would manifest $550 billion worth of health care costs derived from obesity-related ailments, according to the CDC report.
One of the authors of the obesity report published on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Eric Finkelstein, was conveyed his concern with the rising rate of severely obese as he quoted by Y! News having said in a press conference:
“Their weight continues to increase. Over the last 10 years, it has gone up tremendously. This is a group at great risk of health complications, and yet they are increasing at an even greater rate than the rate of obesity.”
The report, which was released at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation conference, was conjured by various authors who collaborated in an effort to analyze data collected from every state, which was then used to project the aforementioned obesity statistics. Researchers accounted for a number of variables influencing obesity rates which included the cost of gas, unhealthy and healthy foods, and even Internet access. In regards to the projections, Finkelstein was quoted having said:
“Predicting obesity is tricky and no one variable showed up as causing obesity.”
Dr. William Dietz, another one of the author’s of the CDC study, indicated that currently overweight or obese children would likely account for a considerable percentage of the increasing rates. He was quoted having said:
“We know that about 50% of severe obesity in adults is consequence of obesity in childhood.”
What are your thoughts on the CDC’s recently projected obesity statistics?