More than half of New Yorkers will be obese in 2030 if residents don’t change their eating and exercise habits, a national report released Tuesday found.
Though New York is healthier than most states—the 2011 adult obesity rate, 24.5 percent, is the 11th lowest in the country—it is growing more obese. The rate was 14.3 percent in 1995, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report’s researchers project that by 2030, the lowest obesity rate in the country, Colorado’s, will be nearly 45 percent of a state’s adult population. The highest, Mississippi’s, will be nearly 67 percent.
“The future health and wealth of the nation are at stake,” Michelle Larkin, assistant vice president and deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Group, said during a Tuesday conference call with reporters. The group partnered with Trust for America’s Health on the report.
“We can’t have a thriving nation without healthy people,” she said.
Not only will America be a heavier nation in 2030, the report projected, it will be a sicker nation, with increases in obesity-related diseases.
New York will have 2.3 million new cases of type-2 diabetes, 5.3 million new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, and nearly 800,000 new cases of obesity-related cancer, the report estimated.
Obesity-related health care costs will climb by nearly 15 percent.
The report’s recommendations include offering healthier food and beverages in schools and increasing investments in obesity-prevention programs.
Some recommendations are based on successful efforts in certain states and cities, Larkin said.
“We know what it takes to win,” she said. “What we need to do now is take winning efforts to scale.”
Read the full report here.