(NEW YORK) -- By 2030, more than half of Americans could be obese, resulting in millions of new cases of diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke -- a constellation of illness that could cost the United States up to $66 billion in treatment and over $500 billion in lost economic productivity.
It's a sobering scenario to say the least. And it is what is now being projected by a new 124-page report released Tuesday by The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation titled, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future."
Using a prediction model published in The Lancet last year, analysts estimated that if adult obesity rates continue on their current path, by 2030, South Carolina's obesity rate could reach 62.9 percent. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state's adult obesity rate for 2011 was 30.8 percent.
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