Sunday, September 26, 2010

America's Obesity Rate Continues to Grow - 3 in 4 Overweight by 2010

According to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation, three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020, and disease rates and health care spending will balloon, unless governments, individuals and industry cooperate on a comprehensive strategy to combat the epidemic.
Read the news from Chicago Tribune.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-ap-eu-oecd-getting-fatter,0,6072194.story

The projection seems in line with those made by some American researchers. About 86 percent of U.S. adults would be overweight or obese by 2030 if current trends continue, according to a study led by a Johns Hopkins University researcher and published in 2008 in the journal Obesity.
The lifespan of an obese person is up to 8-10 years shorter than that of a normal-weight person, the OECD said, the same loss of lifespan incurred by smoking.

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