By 2030

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

An American teen, America's future

… half of the U.S. population will be obese...

Which is not at all a good thing.

The current trajectory, according to a two-decade trend of steady weight gain, would see 65 million more obese adults, raising the national total to 164 million. Roughly one-third of the U.S. population is currently obese.

“At the rate we’re looking at right now, it’s a dire prediction,” said Claire Wang, assistant professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and lead author of the study that was published in the Lancet. “Something has to be done.”

Indeed.  And it isn’t because the medical community is just being mean to large folk.

The rise in obesity could lead to 7.8 million more cases of diabetes, 6.8 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and more than half a million extra cancer cases in the U.S. — all of which would balloon health care costs by $66 billion a year, according to the report.

And all those disease spell higher mortality rates for younger people at incredible financial cost.  Wake up, America.  Push away from the trough before you suffocate.