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U.S. obesity forecast warns of 42 percent rate by 2030

The pressure to reduce obesity intensified today with the release of a study that shows that the percentage of Americans who are obese will rise from about one-third today to 42 percent by 2030, an increase that would add $550 billion to the nation’s medical expenditures.

"If these forecasts prove accurate, this will further hinder efforts for healthcare cost containment. Yet successful interventions that generate even small improvements in obesity prevalence could result in substantial savings,” the study concluded.

The study was financed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published today on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Website. It was released at the “Weight of the Nation” conference in Washington, which is also co-sponsored by the CDC.