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66 Percent of Americans Are Obese

About 66.4 percent of adults in the U.S. state of Oklahoma could be obese by 2030, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, are on course to increase dramatically in every state across the United States over the next 20 years, said the report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

By 2030, 13 U.S. states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states above 50 percent and all 50 U.S. states could have adult obesity rates above 44 percent, the study predicted.

Mississippi could have the highest obesity rate at 66.7 percent by 2030, while Colorado the lowest rate at 44.8 percent, said the study.

The report warned that the increased obesity rates will result in increases in disease rates.

If states’ obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020 — and double again by 2030, said the report.

The study warned that obesity could contribute to more than 6 million cases of type 2 diabetes, 5 million cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, and more than 400,000 cases of cancer in the next two decades.

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