A recent report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests that 63% of South Carolina residents could be obese by the year 2030. Currently, 31% of SC adults are considered obese, so this represents a doubling in the obesity rate in under 20 years.
This increase in obesity, which represents people who are 25-30 pounds (or more!) over a healthy body weight, will also be associated with an increase in obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. This is certainly bad news for our state, both in terms of personal illness and economic cost.
But the problem isn’t limited to South Carolina. The report estimates that 39 states will have an obesity rate above 50% and all states will be above 44% by 2030. Mississippi is predicted to lead all states with a 67% of their population projected to be obese.
South Carolina ranked 5th on the list. Being in the top five of this list is not good.