We all know that obesity rates in the U.S. are climbing in communities across the country among children and adults alike. A report out today by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation warns that if little action is taken to turn the tide on the disease soon, we could be setting the stage for an even gloomier outlook in years to come.
According to the ninth annual report, by 2030, 44 percent of adults would be obese in all 50 states, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent and 39 states could have rates above 50 percent.
“Overall, the track we’re on could lead us to significantly worse health and higher health care costs,” said Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH.
The groups are seeking policy changes and recommendations at all levels of government that protect against disease, support health promotion behaviors and reduce health care costs, including investments in obesity prevention programs, support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education act.
Levi says that if improved health policies are adopted, every state could save up to 6.5 percent and 7.9 percent in health care costs.
State-by-state breakdowns of obesity rates and other health indices are included in the report. Read the full F as in Fat report here.