The ninth edition of the F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future report by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) was just released showing that more than 35% of adults are obese and the percentage of obese children has also increased; in 1980, the obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 was 6.5 % and by 2008, the rate grew to 19.6 %. In 1980, 5 % of children ages 12 to 19 were obese and by 2010 the rate grew to 17 %.
Selected reported statistics:
- Projected increase in adult obesity rates
If obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states could have rates above 50 percent, and all 50 states could have rates above 44 percent.
- Projected increase in health care cost
By 2030, medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by $48 billion to $66 billion per year in the United States, and the loss in economic productivity could be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually by 2030.
- Reducing adult obesity rates could lower health care costs
Nearly every state could save between 6.5 percent and 7.9 percent in health care costs. This could equate to savings ranging from $81.7 billion in California to $1.1 billion in Wyoming.
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