09 May '12, 12pm

US obesity rates continue to soar, in part because of automobile dependence

US obesity rates continue to soar, in part because of automobile dependence

The headline in Tuesday’s USA Today was shocking: “Obesity could affect 42% of Americans by 2030.” That is nearly triple the rate experienced just three decades ago, according to an article written by Nanci Hellmich . At current rates, eleven percent of Americans could be “severely obese, roughly 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight." The findings come from a Duke University study presented at a meeting hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and to be published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine . The consequences for our health (and, for that matter, our economy) are quite serious. Earlier this year I reported data on Type 2 diabetes , for example, which is obesity-related and has been rising at the same rate as body weight in the US for the last few decades. Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputations, eye disease, and kidney disease, and...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/us_obesity_ra...

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