I wish I could say I was done with this topic—but here we go again. The juggernaut that is the American obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing. If anything, its path of destruction will soon get a whole lot worse.
How much worse, exactly? Well, here’s yet another absolutely frightening headline for you to chew on: “In 10 Years, Almost Half of All Americans Will Have Obesity.”
A “severe” situation
This is our future—given the current trends we are seeing. And according to this same trajectory, we can expect to see obesity rates above 50 percent in 29 different states over the next decade.
Meaning not a single state will have an obesity rate below 35 percent—which, as I reported earlier this week, currently stands as the all-time high.
If this wasn’t concerning enough, the situation we’re facing warrants a whole new category: “Severe obesity.” This is when a patient is 100 or more pounds over their goal weight. And if current trends continue, a staggering one in four adults will fall into this category within just one decade.
In fact, severe obesity is gaining so much ground that estimates suggest it will soon become the most common body mass index (BMI) category among women, non-Hispanic blacks, and low-income adults, nationally.
The writing is on the wall here—obesity has become as American as apple pie.
You can’t even turn on the TV anymore without seeing this reality. First, we had My 600-Pound Life. Now we have Thousand Pound Sisters and Hot and Heavy. Three shows that objectify severe obesity, at best… and, at worst, minimize the lethal consequences.
An ounce of prevention
Once again, I’m not here to tell people how to live their lives. I believe that if you want to be obese, then that is your right.
But as a doctor and public health expert, I also know that obesity—and especially severe obesity—is associated with higher rates of both chronic disease and healthcare spending. So even if you’re not personally obese, you’re certainly getting stuck with the bill.
In the end, the obesity crisis affects everyone—no matter what your weight. And the only way to turn this tide is to hand this research over to policymakers… and force them to actually do something about it.
On Monday, I listed strategies that could help us reverse course—including taxation of sugary drinks. But no matter how we decide to handle this, there’s no question that prevention is going to be the key to stopping these runaway statistics.
And what does American medicine hate the most? You got it—prevention.
The truth is, we would rather pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per person to either address this issue surgically, or to manage the complications. Meanwhile, most insurers aren’t willing to spend a penny on prevention.
That’s why I’ve made it my mission to give you all the tools you need to succeed. My only hope is that you’ll use them all, every chance you get. Because in the end, our future really does depend on it—and so does your life.
P.S. As a reader of mine, you’re all too aware how obesity leads to many chronic conditions—like diabetes. And I often talk to you about the risks of diabesity—the killer combination of fat and high blood sugar. Which is just another reason why I developed my Metabolic Repair Protocol…to help keep both your weight and your blood sugar in check. To learn more about this step-by-step online learning tool, or to enroll today, simply click here now.
“In 10 Years, Almost Half of All Americans Will Have Obesity.” 12/19/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/922890)