Obesity has been a major concern for public health in the United States. Scientists have mapped out people’s records in the last two decades to anticipate the health graph of adults in the US. They have predicted that nearly half of the total adult population in America will be affected by obesity in just 10 years from now. The study has found out that one out of four adults will be severely obese by 2030. Experts have envisaged that around 35 percent population of each state will be overweight in the decade to come. The lead author of the study, Zachary Ward has said that a rise in severe obesity is the major cause of concern. One out of four adults is expected to be severely overweight, which means 100 pounds of extra weight. Severe obesity is a rare condition. However, it is rising rapidly in many states across the US.
As per the records, nearly 40 percent of the adult population in the US is obese. At the same time, almost 20 percent of adults are dealing with acute obesity. A body mass index of 30 or higher is considered obese and severe obesity is linked to the body mass of 35 or higher than that. A team of scientists has predicted the trend for each state separately rather than just at the national level. The team has observed the data of self-reported BMI of 6.2 million adults across the US. Experts have not been too sure of the data collected from the people as the information has been collected through a nationwide telephonic survey. It makes the data less reliable as people tend to under-report their weight. Researchers have matched the collected data with another study where weight and body measurement was collected trough a standard exam for more credible results.
The study has shown quite concerning projections for some states like Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia. As per the findings of the study, the rate of obesity in these states is expected to rise by 60 percent in the upcoming 10 years. Researchers have said that acute obesity will be considered as the most common BMI category by 2030 among women, black non-Hispanic adults, and adults from low-income households. The study has indicated that health professionals need to be well equipped to address the menace of obesity, which is the cause of several health issues.