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If Trend Continues, Half of U.S. Population to Be Obese by 2030

 

A new report paints a pretty bleak picture for the health of Americans -- unless we start moving more and eating less. According to projections published in The Lancet, if the current trend of obesity continues, half of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. As of now, about one in three U.S. adults are obese.

While this projected increase could mean huge costs and a strain to the U.S. health care system — including an additional 8 million cases of diabetes, 6.8 million additional cases of heart disease and stroke, and more than a half million cases of cancer — the researchers point out that even moderate weight loss of the U.S. population would have a vastly positive effect on the health of the nation. In fact, according to the researchers, even a 1 percent reduction in the average BMI could prevent as 2.4 million cases of diabetes and 1.7 million cases of heart disease and stroke.

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