Study: America Will Be Overwhelmingly Obese by 2030
- We’re a nation of fatties with rapidly expanding waistlines, and unless we start eating better and exercising a lot more, a majority of Americans will be obese by 2030. That troubling state of affairs could increase health care costs by as much as $66 billion.
That startling prediction is the centerpiece of F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012 (.pdf), a report released today by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, which draws upon existing government data to predict future trends, paints a bleak picture of a country that will see an sharp increase in type 2 diabetes, coronary disease and other ailments unless we change course now.