A woman takes part in an aerobics class at the gymnasium of a sports center in Cartago (Photo : Reuters)
Recently published studies from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indicate that by 2030, every state will have obesity rates above 44 percent.
The research concluded that in eighteen years, most states' obesity levels will double from their current standings. Currently, two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight. 13 states are expected to have obesity rates surpass 60 percent, while 39 states will pass 50 percent, and every other state would land above 44 percent.
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The foundations used national data to track citizens' weight, as well as statewide surveys conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 1999 and 2010.
In New York alone, the obesity rate is projected to jump from 25 percent to 51 percent.
Mississippi, the most obese nation in the United States, is speculated to reach up and overwhelming 67 percent from its 2012 average of 35 percent.
Colorado, the fittest state in America, will likely hit 45 percent, if the study's projections are to be believed.
According to Reuters,"As many as 7.9 million new cases of diabetes a year, compared with 1.9 million new cases in recent years. There could also be 6.8 million new cases of chronic heart disease and stroke every year, compared with 1.3 million new cases a year now."
The agency also reports that the expected rise in obesity will accompany an additional $66 billion in obesity related medical costs "over and above today's $147 billion to $210 billion."
U.S. healthcare spending is expected to jump to $2.7 trillion.