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Most Americans Could Be Overweight Or Obese By 2030

Posted Jul 09 2010 12:00am

As we agonize over healthcare issues in the U.S., a recent study suggests that most adults in the U.S., about 86% will be overweight or obese by 2030. The real issue will be the related health care spending which is projected to be as much as $956.9 billion, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. National survey data shows that the prevalence of overweight and obese adults in the U.S. has increased steadily over the past three decades, This would result in 1 of every 6 health care dollars spent in total direct health care costs paying for overweight and obesity-related costs. These projections follow the trends over the last 30 years and assume the same conditions and increases that we have seen. Researchers also estimate that children and young adults may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents if the obesity epidemic is not stopped.

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