Documentary 'Fed Up' blames food companies, gov't for obesity crisis

June 6, 2014
by Sabriya Rice
Modern Healthcare

While the debate about accountability continues, the effect of obesity and poor nutrition on health in the U.S. remains disquieting. Obesity has more than doubled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one-third of U.S. adults, nearly 35% of the population, is obese.

The medical cost of adult obesity in the United States is estimated to range between $147 billion and $210 billion per year, according to an annual report from the Trust for America's Health. If rates continue on current trajectories, by 2030 more than half of the population of most U.S. states could be considered obese, the report found.

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