(PCM)By 2030, the predicted rate of obesity in 39 states will be over 50 percent, a rate that is nearly triple the rate of current state statistics. That’s right, more than half of people living in these states will be obese, and that’s not even taking into account the number of overweight residents, according to a new report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
What about the other 11 states? Unfortunately, they don’t exactly fare much better. The obesity rate in the remaining states and the capitol will come in at just under 50 percent, with Colorado coming in as the lightest state at 45 percent. Mississippi, will still hold the title of fattest state, toping the list with an estimated 67 percent obesity rate by 2030 (the state’s current rate is 35 percent). Delaware is expected to have obesity levels nearly as high as Mississippi, though they currently come in somewhere in the middle. Two-thirds of all residents living in Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Delaware will be obese.
According to the report, this level of obesity will cost the nation a staggering $66 billion PER year.
Their projections are based in part on state-by-state surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1999 through 2010, national data and recent trends in obesity rates, among other factors.
Listed are the Top 10 2011 obesity levels followed by the Trust for America’s Health projections for 2030 (view the full list here):
Mississippi, 35 percent, 67 percent
Oklahoma, 31 percent, 66 percent
Delaware, 29 percent, 65 percent
Tennessee, 29 percent, 63 percent
South Carolina, 31 percent, 63 percent
Alabama, 32 percent, 63 percent
Kansas, 30 percent, 62 percent
Louisiana, 33 percent, 62 percent
Missouri, 30 percent, 62 percent
Arkansas, 31 percent, 61 percent