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Total Obese Americans to Reach 42%
Categories: Obesity


It’s not the bubonic plague and you get it from cheeseburgers, not blood thirsty rats, but the United States is double-chin deep in an obesity epidemic.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has grown dramatically over the past 20 years. Only Colorado and the District of Columbia have an obesity rate less than 20%.

But now researchers say total obesity in the U.S. will reach 42%.

Published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Computational Biology, scientists predict the number of obese people in the United States to “top out” at 42% over the next 40 years. Up 8% from a 2007 prediction of 34%.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30.

For the study, a mathematical model was applied to four decades of data obtained from the Framingham study; a long term study examining the health and habits of nearly an entire town in Massachusetts.

Data also found an association between obesity and the friends you keep. The researchers say an American has an additional 0.5% chance of becoming obese with each obese social contact, i.e. friend, they make per year.

The severity of obesity in the U.S. varies from state to state. CDC data shows southern states tend to be the fattest.


Obesity takes a toll on the economy too. CDC data puts the total cost of obesity-related healthcare expenditures at $92.6 billion. Wow, that would buy a lot of burgers and fries…with a diet Coke of course.

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