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Study: ALL Americans Could Be Overweight in Coming Decades

Researchers are predicting that in the next 40 years every single person in the United States will be overweight or obese.

The cost of treating all our health problems will be astronomical.

Two-thirds of Americans are already overweight.

Johns Hopkins and government researchers looked at obesity trends over 30 years and predict
unless they change, by the year 2048 all of us will be overweight.

"Essentially what we're trying to say is that the obesity epidemic is at a crisis level," said Lan Liang, a senior economist for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Hispanic men and African-American women are they're expected to hit that target much sooner.

Working out yourself to shed pounds is really only part of the solution.

Experts say governments, communities and employers need to get involved.

There are big challenges.

Many neighborhoods aren't pedestrian-friendly, so people don't walk.

Junk food is often cheaper than fresh produce.

"When the economic burden of obesity puts its ugly hand on our pocketbooks, we will find it's NOT normal and make some changes," explained Dr. Peter Vash of the Obesity Society.

Becoming an overweight nation could get expensive.

Researchers predict health care costs for obesity will double every decade and reach over $950 billion dollars within 30 years.

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