Nevada getting fatter along with rest of country
Nearly 25 percent of Nevadans are obese and NV could reach 49.6 percent by 2030.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More than half of the people in 39 states will be obese by 2030 according to a new study.
Currently nearly 25 percent of Nevadans are obese but if obesity rates continue on their current path, Nevada could reach 49.6 percent by 2030.
This is according to a study titled F As In Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012 done by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
They link obesity directly to disease and high health care costs.
The analysis shows that Nevada could prevent these obesity-related diseases and reduce skyrocketing medical care costs if they reduce the average body mass index of residents by just five percent by 2030.
If BMIs wee lowered by five percent, Nevada could save 7.3 percent or $5,921,000,000 in health care costs by 2030.
The number of residents who could be spared various illnesses include:
-- 65,087 people could be spared from type 2 diabetes,
-- 55,556 from coronary heart disease and stroke,
-- 53,677 from hypertension,
-- 30,746 from arthritis, and
-- 4,521 from obesity-related cancer
Mississippi is expected to be the fattest city in the country for at least two more decades. The study predicts two thirds of that state will be obese by 2030.
Right now, about 36 percent of Americans are obese.
Other states in the top 5 include: Oklahoma (66.4%), Delaware (64.7%), Tennessee (63.4%) and South Carolina (62.9%).
A link to the report can be found here.