Most people are not all that impressed when reading expert estimates such as in 39 states half the population will be obese by 2030. Other people’s health is oftentimes not our concern but imagine what that would cost us on a daily basis.
A report published by The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates obesity rates in America will skyrocket within the next 18 years. It looks like Americans are about to get even fatter. In fact, based on the report, by 2030 more than half the population will be obese in 39 states.
It’s the ninth annual report that is giving an in-depth analysis on where the obesity rates in America really are. However, it’s the first year the Trust for America’s Health is taking a look in the future. And the numbers are not looking all that good. In fact, the future looks fat. In the present, the national obesity rate is over 35 percent when it comes to adults, but by 2030 all states will have an obesity rate of 44 percent.
Mississippi, Oklahoma, Delaware, Tennessee, South Carolina and eight other states are expected to have an obesity rate over 60 percent by 2030. And yes this means that more than half the population in these states will be obese. You’d think this doesn’t affect you personally, but it does.
The spike in obesity rates will bring along an increase in health problems and obviously costs. Coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, cancer and Type 2 diabetes rates and costs are going to skyrocket by 2030. At the moment, the U.S. is paying $147 billion to $210 billion annually to treat obesity related health problems that could have been prevented. By 2030 that is going to become a steep bill.
“Since 1991, most states have gone from being between 10 and 15 percent (for adult obesity) to where we are now, with many above 30 percent” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health. Even if states could pull a 5 percent decrease in the average BMI, that would only mean a reduction in costs and saving more lives, but it doesn’t change the fact obesity is a problem.
“It’s not enough to wag your finger and say eat less and exercise more” warns Elissa Bassler, CEO of Illinois Public Health Institute. “This is such a tremendous problem that it’s going to take us changing the social condition rather than telling individuals they don’t have the willpower to lose weight” she added.