Half of Us Face Obesity, Dire Projections Show

Coverage from The New York Times’ Personal Health on the CHOICES Team’s recent paper in NEJM (2019):

By 2030, nearly one in two adults will be obese, and nearly one in four will be severely obese.

Climate change is not the only source of dire projections for the coming decade. Perhaps just as terrifying from both a health and an economic perspective is a predicted continued rise in obesity, including severe obesity, among American adults.

A prestigious team of medical scientists has projected that by 2030, nearly one in two adults will be obese, and nearly one in four will be severely obese. The estimates are thought to be particularly reliable, as the team corrected for current underestimates of weight given by individuals in national surveys. In as many as 29 states, the prevalence of obesity will exceed 50 percent, with no state having less than 35 percent of residents who are obese, they predicted…[read the full article]