The new projection, released here Monday, warns that 42% of Americans may end up obese by 2030, and 11% could be severely obese, adding billions of dollars to health care costs.I guess the modellers have predicted that the bad effects of
"If nothing is done (about obesity), it's going to hinder efforts for health care cost containment," says Justin Trogdon, a research economist with RTI International, a non-profit research organization in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park.
"The obesity problem is likely to get much worse without a major public health intervention," says Eric Finkelstein, a health economist with Duke University Global Health Institute and lead researcher on the new study.
And of course, this calls for the government to put us all on a diet.
UPDATE: A timely rant by Ace; Read the whole thing
Americans are too fat. They ought not be fat.
But it is far more important that they be free than they be thin.