|Author: Kelly Young
Nearly one out of every two U.S. adults will be obese by 2030, and nearly one in four will be severely obese, according to new estimates published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers used 1993–2016 data on 6.3 million U.S. adults who participated in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to project the prevalence of different body-mass index categories through 2030. Among the other findings:
The authors write: “Given that health professionals are often poorly prepared to treat obesity, this impending burden of severe obesity and associated medical complications has implications for medical practice and education. In addition to the profound health effects, such as increased rates of chronic disease and negative consequences on life expectancy, the effect of weight stigma may have far-reaching implications for socioeconomic disparities as severe obesity becomes the most common BMI category among low-income adults in nearly every state.”