A new study from a very prestigious group of doctors has dire projections for the US: By 2030, nearly 1 in 2 Americans will be obese, and 1 in 4 will be severely obese. In addition, severe obesity will be the most common weight bracket for women, low-income adults and black adults across the US. This is a quite sudden crisis: Americans weren’t always this fat, with obesity rates doubling since 1990. Read key findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In an analysis of this dire new report in the New York Times, experts explain the storm of forces leading to the US obesity pandemic—from the cheapness and hyper-accessibility of food to the fact that Americans eat out and snack more, consuming big portions of highly-processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt to how Big Beverage in the US has blocked nearly every attempt to institute sugar taxes to how the powers that be are doing very little about this crisis.