The world will have more than 250 million obese kids by 2030, a new report warns
That alarming prediction, published Wednesday in NEJM, was the result of a study analyzing 26 years of self-reported body mass index (BMI) data from over six million American adults.
Considering the challenges of battling weight loss, that's devastating news for the future health of our nation.
"Given how notoriously difficult obesity is to treat once it's established, you can see that we're in an untenable situation," said Aviva Must, chair of Tufts University's Public Health and Community Medicine, who was not involved in the study.
"The societal cost is high," she said, "both in terms of obesity-related health consequences and healthcare expenditures which could bring us to our knees."