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By 2030, nearly half of U.S. adults (48.9%) will be obese, says a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition, nearly 1 in 4 people will have severe obesity. States in the South and Midwest will be the most affected — Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma are expected to see some of the highest rates.
Why It Matters
Currently, 40% of American adults are obese with 18% severely obese. If recent trends continue, these numbers are expected to rise to about 49% and 24%, respectively. Obesity is a critical public health threat, more serious and insidious than the opioid epidemic. It has been linked to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases.
With obesity a growing problem in the U.S., pharmacies have an opportunity to join the frontline in fighting this epidemic. Particularly, pharmacists play an important role in recommending lifestyle changes and medication therapy adjustments for patients with increased cardiovascular risk due to obesity.
Other Healthcare News to Know
- The CDC estimates there have been at least 1,300 flu deaths so far this season. CNN.
- Congress plans to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco, including e-cigarettes, to 21. CNBC.
- The U.S. government has a new plan to allow states to buy cheaper drugs from Canada. The Washington Post.
- In the U.S., people ages 60-plus take an average of 15 prescription drugs a year, which could cause more harm than good. The New York Times.
- Instagram’s new rules push back against influencers promoting vaping products. Bloomberg.