In a new study presented at the Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington DC sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past Monday, researchers predict 42% of adults will be obese by 2030 (currently 36% of the American population is obese). The cost of those additional 32 million people will be over $550 billion for health care related to diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity related medical conditions.
The study noted that the rising obesity trend in our country has slowed, but is in no way declining. In fact the number of severely obese individuals, those who are more than 80lbs overweight, is predicted to more than double in the next 20 years.
Experts have agreed that the best way to combat the obesity epidemic is to prevent childhood obesity noting the Bogalusa Heart Study which found that 77% of obese children will go on to become obese adults while only 7% of non-obese children will go on to be obese later in life.
This is why programs like ours are so important to not only the future of the children participating but the entire community. If we educate our children on proper nutrition and physical activity when they are young, it can support a lifetime of good health. In fact among the severely obese population, over 50% of those adults were obese as adolescents.