New Report Shows Growing Number of Obese People
Researchers at Columbia University are tracking the impacts of obesity. Their study will help quantify the effect this epidemic will have on the health care system and on upcoming public policy.
Researchers forecast 65 million more obese adults in the U. S. and 11 million more in the U.K. by 2030, leading to millions of additional cases of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The findings suggest that medical costs associated with treatment of these preventable diseases in the U.S. alone will increase by $48-66 billion per year.
Interesting stats predicted in the U.S. by 2030:
*Obesity prevalence among men would rise from 32% in 2008 to approximately 50% and from 35% to between 45% and 52% among women.
*7.8 million extra cases of diabetes
*6.8 million more cases of coronary heart disease and stroke
*539,000 additional cases of cancer
*Annual spending on obesity-related diseases would rise by 13-16%, leading to 2.6% increase in national health spending.
*Total medical costs associated with treatment of these preventable diseases are estimated to increase by $48-66 billion/year.
The health crisis:
“Many chronic and acute health disorders associated with excess bodyweight burden society—not only by negatively affecting the health-related quality of life but also by incurring significant costs,” says Dr. Wang. These stem not only from increased healthcare expenditures but also from worker absenteeism, disability pensions, less productivity at work due to poor health, and earlier retirement.”
“Taking no action would have the catastrophic consequences described in our study, but a population level decrease in BMI by 1% would avoid as many as 2.4 million cases of diabetes, 1.7 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and up to 127 000 cases of cancer in the U.S. alone.”