Projection: Americans Will Get Even Fatter

Report says 44 percent of us will be obese by 2030

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Quick! Someone get The Biggest Loser on speed dial! America is about to get a whole lot fatter.

NBC News says a new Trust for America’s Health report estimates that by 2030, 44 percent of Americans will be obese, up from 35 percent now—and in the 13 fattest states, the number could be as high as 60 percent. Seriously. Jillian? Bob? The country needs you.

“The initial reaction is to say, ‘Oh, it couldn’t be that bad,’ ” Trust for America’s Health executive director, Jeff Levi, tells the network. “But we have maps from 1991, and you see almost all the states below 10 percent.”

For the record, the highest obesity rate in the country belongs to Mississippi (34.9 percent), while the lowest goes to Colorado (20.7 percent), NBC notes.

“The number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020—and then double again by 2030,” the report states, according to the network. “Obesity-related health care costs could increase by more than 10 percent in 43 states and by more than 20 percent in nine states.”

Um, we’re thinking salad for dinner tonight.

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First Published Tue, 2012-09-18 20:02

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