Obesity study suggests need for belt-tightening

RESEARCHERS have forecast the additional strain obesity will place on health budgets in the US and UK by the year 2030.

Obesity prevalence in US men was expected to rise from 32% in 2008 to about 50%, and from 35% to 45–52% among women.

Spending on obesity-related disease would jump 13–16%, or $48–66 billion per year.

Obesity in UK men was expected to increase from 26% to 41–48%, and from 26% in women to 35–43%, prompting a 25% increase in spending due to an older population. 

Lancet 2011: 378;815-25