Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obesity Rates to Double Again by 2030

The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, are on course to increase dramatically in every state in the country over the next 20 years, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.

The report forecasts adult obesity rates in each state by 2030 and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs. It estimates Colorado's obesity rate at 44.8% in 2030 and predicts hundreds of thousands more cases of heart disease and diabetes and billions more dollars in health care costs.

If states’ obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020—and double again by 2030.

Medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases could increase by up to $66 billion per year by 2030, and the loss in economic productivity could be as high as $580 billion annually.

The report also shows that states could prevent obesity-related diseases and dramatically reduce health care costs if they reduced the average body mass index (BMI) of their residents by just 5 percent by 2030. In that scenario, millions of Americans would be spared serious health problems, and the country could save billions of dollars in health spending.

Click HERE for the full report.
Click HERE for RWJF press release.
Click HERE for Trust for America's Health release and data.
Click HERE for Colorado specific data.

1 comment:

  1. The obesity problem didn’t grow overnight and we’re not going to solve it tomorrow, It’s not just a matter of telling people to put down their forks and pick up their running shoes. We need to make sure Coloradans have access to healthy food and physical activity where they live, learn, work and play.
    · We need to insist their our kids get healthy food and exercise at school.

    · Communities need to make sure residents have access to fresh-food grocers and safe parks and trails.

    · We have to work with employers to provide nutritious cafeteria food and opportunities for their employees to be physically active.

    · We need to demand the food we buy meets standards for nutrition and is free from high levels of salt, fat and calories.

    We have put together quick response team that has identified proven obesity prevention strategies that work for Colorado. Go to our Obesity Integration Project page for more: http://www.coprevent.org/search/label/OIP
    CDPHE has named obesity prevention one of Colorado’s 10 Winnable Battles: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-Main/CBON/1251628821910
    Join the obesity conversation here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/obesity-collaborative

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