- By 2030 the number of obese Americans could increase from 99million in 2008 to 164million
- In the U.K. expected increase of 15million to 26million
About half of both men and women in the U.S. will be obese by 2030 if current trends continue, health experts warned today.
Obesity is fast replacing tobacco as the single most important preventable cause of chronic non-communicable diseases, and will add an extra 7.8million cases of diabetes, 6.8million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. within the next two decades.
Some 32 per cent of men and 35 per cent of women are now obese in the U.S., according to a research team led by Claire Wang at the Mailman School of Public Health in Columbia University in New York.
They published their findings in a special series of four papers on obesity in The Lancet.
The findings showed Obesity is most widespread in the UK and the U.S. among the world's leading economies.
In Britain, obesity rates will balloon to between 41-48 per cent for men and 35-43 per cent for women by 2030 from what is now 26 per cent for both sexes, they warned.
'An extra 668,000 cases of diabetes, 461,000 of heart disease and 130,000 cancer cases would result,' they wrote.
Due to overeating and insufficient exercise, obesity is now a growing problem everywhere and experts are warning about its ripple effects on health and healthcare spending.
Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various cancers, hypertension, high cholesterol, among others.
Because of obesity, the U.S. can expect to spend an extra 2.6 per cent on its overall healthcare bill, or $66billion per year, while Britain's bill will grow by two per cent, or 2billion per year, Wang and colleagues warned.
Health risks: Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various cancers, hypertension and high cholesterol
In Japan and China, one in 20 women is obese, compared with one in 10 in the Netherlands, one in four in Australia and seven in 10 in Tonga, according to another paper led by Boyd Swinburn and Gary Sacks of the WHO Collaborating Center for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
Worldwide, around 1.5billion adults are overweight and a further 0.5billion are obese, with 170million children classified as overweight or obese. Obesity takes up between two to six per cent of healthcare costs in many countries.
'Increased supply of cheap, tasty, energy-dense food, improved food distribution and marketing, and the strong economic forces driving consumption and growth are the key drivers of the obesity epidemic,' Swinburn and Sacks wrote.
The health experts urged governments to lead the fight in reversing the obesity epidemic.
'These include taxes on unhealthy food and drink (such as sugar sweetened beverages) and restrictions on food and beverage TV advertising to children,' wrote a team led by Steven Gortmaker at the Harvard School of Public Health, which published the fourth paper in the series.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
HALF of U.S. population will be obese by 2030 experts predict as the number could swell to 164 million Americans
You may not be free to do many things here in Amurr'ca, but at least you're free to eat yourself into total dependence on the State, and you'll have legions of morbidly obese slobs to tell you how beautiful you are. It's not about your appearance. It's about your complete lack of self esteem. It's about willfully succumbing to an establishment who wants a society full of fat, weak, and stupid people who can't fight back when they push us around, and wouldn't want to fight back at that. Why bite the hand that feeds you? And feeds you. And feeds you.