164 Million Obese Americans by 2030

Posted on August 26, 2011


Claire Wang, a Columbia University researcher, reported that half of American adults will be obese in 2030 if current rates of obesity continue.

Today, about one in three American adults are obese.

Upward trends in diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, certain cancers, and other obesity-related illnesses will increase as well.

The cost of treating obesity-related illnesses will run to $66 billion each year by 2030 if current patterns continue, Wang says.

Wang and fellow Columbia colleagues worked with Oxford University.  If their predictions are correct, then other health burdens will include:

-8 million more cases of diabetes

-6.8 million more cases of heart disease and stroke

-500,000 more cases of cancer


These are just predictions, nonetheless.  Even the slightest changes in eating and exercise habits can prevent obesity.

Researchers calculate that a 1% reduction in body mass index at the population level can prevent 2.4 million cases of diabetes and 1.7 million cases of heart disease and stroke.

Eating modest servings of fruits and vegetables and modest physical activity (like walking to bus stops, or biking) can help prevent obesity.

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