By 2030, Obesity Rates Could Top 60% in 13 StatesIf America's obesity epidemic continues unthwarted, obesity rates could reach 44 percent in all states by 2030, according to a new report.Obesity rates could reach or exceed 60 percent in 13 states, 10 of them in the South, the report adds. Mississippi is expected to have the highest obesity rate in 2030, at 66.7 percent.
America's weight report card is in. The grades aren't good, and they're on a path to get much worse.
Right now, 12 states have adult obesity rates above 30%, according to the report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012," issued jointly by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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New research is reheating the debate on bisphenol A, a chemical banned from baby bottles that can still be found in other food and drink containers.
The new study found children and teens exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, or BPA, were more likely to be obese.
"Clearly bad diet and lack of exercise are the leading contributors to childhood obesity, but this study suggests a significant role for environmental, particularly chemical factors in that epidemic," said study author Dr. Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.