75 Percent of Americans Will Be Overweight by 2020

A report issued today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts that close to 75 percent of Americans will be considered overweight or obese by the end of the decade, the highest predicted rate of any country surveyed. This equates to an eight percent rise in the number of Americans who are overweight and obese, according to the OECD. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that health care spending, while rising among all weight categories, increased considerably faster for Americans considered overweight or obese, while a recent study on Medicare found that obese beneficiaries required an extra $149 in spending a year.

Zachary Bernstein