Obesity Set to Skyrocket

According to a new report, half of us will be obese by 2030

Eyeing the doughnuts your co-worker brought to the office today? Think about this before you indulge: If Americans continue to gain weight at the current rate, half our population will be obese by 2030. Projections stand at 7.8 million more people with diabetes, 6.8 million who suffer from heart disease and stroke, over half a million new cancer cases, and a national health care bill increased by $66 billion a year, according to a report in The Lancet.

With one-third of the U.S. currently classified as obese, our health care system already feels the strain. In an ABC News article covering the report, Dr. Ken Fujioka, director of the Center for Weight Management at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, claimed that wait-lists for obesity clinics are now three months long—and growing.

“We’re having trouble keeping up,” Fujioka said. “On the front lines, it’s just frightening.”

He and other health care professionals are calling for public policies that curb sales of unhealthy foods, and community efforts, such as reinstating PE in schools, and individual changes in lifestyle, like eating breakfast, keeping a low-fat diet, going for walks, and watching less TV.

These simple solutions could make a big difference. The article claims that if every obese person brought their body mass index down by just one percent, “as many as 2.4 million diabetes cases, 1.7 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 127,000 cancer cases could be prevented.”

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  • Anona

    This isn’t due to the usual explanation and suspects. I live in suburbia. I also have a disability that makes it hard to drive ling distances due to my age and an old injury. My neighborhood is filled with young couples who jog at nearby parks. There is no sidewaks planned or bike paths-a car is required for every activity.
    I have no retired peers within a distance that is accessible without a car,and often we can only get together around the time the roads get packed.
    I visited my grandkid in Brooklyn and walked everywhere-to the grocery store,to a play,to his friends place, to the subway to go to Central Park and the Highline-where I saw many fit young people walking and jogging.
    This is versus my home town where everyone is a bit overweight, drives everywhere, and ironically doesn’t use a bit of the green grass that is so expensive to maintain for anything.
    It makes you realized how backwards this country is and how oppressive it is. Obama wants to tax people for a problem created by it’s own capitalists?