Obesity levels forecast to continue increasing

July 10, 2012

Despite your best efforts, your patients are likely to continue getting heavier.

Despite your best efforts, your patients are likely to continue getting heavier.

Approximately one-third of Americans are obese, and researchers from Duke University Medical Center, RTI International, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that number could increase to 42% by 2030, meaning that 32 million more Americans will be obese.

By that time, according to Duke's researchers, 11% of Americans-or twice today's rate-will be severely obese, defined as a body mass index over 40, or about 100 pounds overweight.

"Should these forecasts prove accurate, the adverse health and cost consequences of obesity are likely to continue to escalate without a significant intervention," notes senior author Justin Trogdon, PhD.