Obesity Rates Predicted To Hit 50 Percent By 2030

Obesity rate predictions in the US paint a bleak picture about the future of our nation, with a new report predicting that more than half of the people living in 39 states will be obese by 2030, not just overweight but obese.

It appears that Mississippi will retain its crown as the fattest state in the US for at least the next 20 years, reports Yahoo! News. The report predicts that 67 percent of adults in Mississippi will be obese in less than 20 years, a massive increase from the current 35 percent obesity rate.

The new predictions were released by the Trust for America’s Health on Tuesday as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Both organizations are working to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic and rely on government figures for their reports.

In the latest report, however, their dismal predictions go beyond the 42 percent national obesity level predicted by federal health officials by 2030. About 66 percent of Americans are currently overweight including those who are obese (that group accounts for about 36 percent of the population).

The San Angelo Standard Times notes that obesity rates have also been holding steady in the past few years. But the Trust for America’s Health officials have said that their projections are based partially on state surveys by the CDC from 1999 until 2010. The numbers come from what residents have said their height and weight are when they are asked by a telephone interviewer. The problem with this statistic is that people aren’t always accurate in their answers.

Because of the possible inaccuracies, the researchers also looked at other national data that tracks residents’ weight and measurements. They then made adjustments for how much people in each state might lie about their true weight.

Do you believe that the latest obesity rates predicted by 2030 are accurate?

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