Report: Half Of Americans Will Be Obese By 2030, Increasing Health Costs By 2.6 Percent

Half of all Americans will be obese by 2030, significantly increasing the prevalence of chronic conditions and the nation’s health care costs, a new study has found. The growth in obesity rates will add 7.8 million cases of diabetes, 6.8 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 cases of cancer, raising national health care spending by 2.6 percent (an increase of $66 billion per year).

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@Atul_Gawande tweets out this helpful table of cost-effectiveness results for selected interventions evaluated in Australia.