-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The number of obese people
in the United States will increase from 99 million in 2008 to 164
million by 2030, and the number of obese people in the United
Kingdom will increase from 15 million to 26 million, a new study
Obesity-related diseases and health care costs will soar as a
result, according to the report published Aug. 26 in
Already, the U.S. and U.K. obesity rates are the highest among
the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Development
and Cooperation (OECD), the study said.
The U.S. obesity rate will rise from 32 percent to about 50
percent for men, and from 35 percent to between 45 percent and 52
percent for women. The U.K. obesity rate will rise from 26 percent
to between 41 percent and 48 percent for men, and from 26 percent
to between 35 percent and 43 percent for women.
The report, based on analyses of U.S. data from 1988 to 2008 and
U.K. data from 1993 to 2008, is the second article in the journal's
In the United States, the cost of treating obesity-related
diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, would
increase $66 billion per year by 2030, and represent a 2.6 percent
increase in overall health spending.
Spending on obesity problems alone will increase 13 percent to
16 percent per year if U.S. trends continue. About 4 percent of
that increase is attributable to an aging population, the study
In the U.K., the increase would be £2 billion per year ($3.2
billion), with overall health-care spending rising 2 percent.
Spending specifically on obesity disorders will jump 25 percent per
year over the next 20 years, with 10 percent of that increase due
to population aging, the researchers said.
In the United States, the increasing rates of obesity would mean
7.8 million extra cases of diabetes, 6.8 million extra cases of
coronary heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 extra cancer cases
by 2030. The U.K. would see 668,000 extra cases of diabetes,
461,000 extra cases of coronary heart disease and 130,000 extra
cases of cancer.
Losing just a little weight could offset those increases. The
report noted that a 1 percent population-wide decrease in body-mass
index (just 1.9 pounds for an average 198-pound adult) would
prevent more than 2 million cases of diabetes, roughly 1.5 million
cases of heart disease and stroke, and 73,000 to 127,000 cancer
cases in the United States.
That same amount of weight loss in the U.K. would cut between
179,000 and 202,000 diabetes cases, 120,000 cases of heart disease
and stroke, and 32,000 cancer cases.
Obesity prevalence varied by gender and ethnicity, the study
said. In the United States, about one-quarter of all men were obese
in 2008 regardless of their race, while 46 percent of black women,
one-third of Hispanic women, and 30 percent of white women were
obese. In the U.K., 19 percent of white men, 17 percent of black
men, and 11 percent of Asian men are obese, along with one-third of
black women, 20 percent of white women, and 16 percent of Asian
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more
overweight and obesity.
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