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Is A World With 100% Obesity In Our Future?
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Is A World With 100% Obesity In Our Future?

The Journal of Obesity contains a report that is sending shivers of fear up the spine of nearly everyone who reads it. It has also sparked debate in the health and fitness world over the possibility of several very dire predictions. The first estimates that by the year 2030, 86% of all American adults will be overweight or obese. The second of those predictions is even grimmer, with estimates saying that by the year 2048, all American adults will be obese.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates show that the current number is 66% for adults.

The study was authored by Dr. Youfa Wang of the John Hopkins Bloombery School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland using more than thirty years worth of research data from various sources. While the news was bad, there were some small, glimmers of hope. Childhood obesity numbers, while still higher than would be considered beneficial have slowed in some groups, but remain high in others. African American and Mexican American children are at highest risk for obesity and related conditions at this point.

In addition to the higher number of overweight and obese people in the world in the coming future, the study warns of the economic impact that excess weight will have. Obese patients currently spend nearly three extra days in the hospital for their care than their normal weight peers and have more chronic conditions that frequently require hospitalizations and doctor’s care. With the expected rise in obesity, the experts warn that we could see an extra $860 billion to $956 billion in spending just for obese people and obesity related conditions alone. That means that for every $6 spent on health care in the entire nation, one dollar of it will be spent because of excess weight.

While none of the experts disputed the numbers, several of them did dispute the validity of the predictions saying that there are too many factors to consider to come up with these kind of numbers. But, other experts point out that at 66% obesity currently, we are not that far off.

All of the experts did agree that there is no one simple, quick fix that will help with the obesity epidemic, including how to lower the weight of those who are already overweight and preventing new cases of obesity in the future. Some have pointed out the change in the type and the amount of foods that we are eating. For instance, one doctor, who advocated a strict, vegetarian diet has said that the average American adult eats fifty pounds more meat and 20 pounds more cheese in the current year than they did in the 1960’s. Other experts are pointing out the lack of exercise as the country has moved from being an active, farming/industrialized nation to one that sits at a desk and emails each other all day long. But, until the doctors and experts can agree, there is likely to be an easy solution, which means that more and more people will be heading to the obese classification.


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