11 October 2012 Obesity Rates on the Rise: It's Now or Never

Last month, a new report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicts that half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless they change their health and eating habits. This is not good news.

Currently, the U.S. obesity epidemic has 35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children ages 2 to 19 as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the new study, every state will see 44 percent of its adult population in the obese category by 2030; and 13 states will sees its rate rise to 60 percent obese. In a state like Colorado, which has the lowest obesity rate (20.7 percent), it means a huge jump in the next 18 years.

As obesity raises the risk for Type 2 Diabetes, the report also suggests that new cases of diabetes will number around 7.9 million annually. Today, we see roughly 1.9 million new cases of diabetes a year.

Dubbed the "tale of two futures" by Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, the group says the U.S. is at its "turning point," where if we do nothing the cost in human health and healthcare spending will be enormous.

Since 1980, obesity rates have already doubled, but in the same time they have tripled among children, and that's the clearer picture of our future.

Change can happen though. In New York City, for example, obesity rates for elementary and middle-school students dropped 5.5 percent from the 2006-2007 school year to the 2010-2011, due in large part to healthier school lunches.

The Trust for America's Health says the prediction is not set in stone, and with the right interventions that trajectory can change. In short, it's now or never.

Ryan Newhouse

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