If you think America is fat now, just wait 20 years.
So says a state-by-state projection of the nation’s future obesity rates that has arrived at some terrifying results: By 2030, every state in the nation may well have obesity rates above 44%, with most having rates above 50%.
The report, produced by two nonprofit public health advocacy groups, projects that Mississippi will continue to lead the nation, with a whopping 66% of its population projected to be obese in 2030, up from 35%.
Even Colorado, that bastion of fitness perennially sitting at the bottom of the state-by-state obesity rankings, is projected to continue getting fatter, with 45% of its population qualifying as obese by 2030.
In California, the obesity rates are expected to rise from 23.8% to 46.6%, a near doubling.
That really is staggering.
Again, education is the key.
I really don’t think Californans want the sequelae of being grossly overweight or morbidly obese. You know, like diabetes, heart disease,stroke and more cancer.
The authors of the report argue that this path will lead to huge increases in cases of Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and strokes. In California, healthcare costs are projected to rise by 16% due to obesity alone.
And across the country, the report projects, the costs of preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by $48 billion per year over the next 20 years. Even more money will be lost due to hits to economic productivity caused by obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Personal responsibility starts with your own health – so Californians get busy eating right and exercising regularly.
Drop that weight.