The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is slowing, but not enough to make the people be restored to those still worn out jeans.
Currently, just over a third of American adults are obese. By 2030 the proportion will reach 42%, according to latest government statistics released Monday.
“We still have a very serious problem,” said Dr. William Dietz of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English).
Researchers at Duke University predicted that by 2030, 11% of the population is very obese, with about 45 kilos (100 pounds) overweight. The figure represents a doubling of the current.
This could be a bleak omen for childhood obesity. Half of adults with severe overweight children were overweight and kilos up quickly as they grow, said Dietz of the CDC.
Besides promoting obesity risk for diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses, people with large overweight are most at risk, and whose treatment is more expensive. According to very conservative calculations, the problems caused by obesity account for at least 9% of annual national health expenditure, about 150 billion dollars.
The statistics, spread over a major seminar at the CDC, offered a mixed picture in the battle against obesity. There has been some progress: Gone are skyrocketing seen in the 1980 and 1990, although Americans have not lost weight in general.
In the last decade, obesity rates did not vary among women, while men experienced a small increase, said Dr. Cynthia Ogden of the CDC. This increase occurred mostly in high-income men, for reasons that researchers can not explain.
17% of U.S. children and adolescents were obese in 2009 and 2010, according to latest available statistics. The proportion is very similar to the start of the decade, although a closer examination by Ogden shows a moderate and continued to rise in boys, especially blacks.