Report: Obesity Now a 'Societal' Problem

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Nearly half of adults in the United States will be obese by 2030 if new methods aren't taken to stop the epidemic, according to a new study.

An Institute of Medicine report revealed Tuesday that, currently, two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost a third of children are overweight or obese.

Monday, the Centers for Disease control also projected 42 percent of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030.

"We still have a very serious problem," obesity specialist Dr. William Dietz, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.

Institute of Medicine researchers warned that obesity has become a "societal" problem and more needs to be done to stop America's poor eating habits.

Read the Institute of Medicine obesity report here.

"Each of us has this role. We can't sit back and let the schools do it, or let a mayor do it or think somehow the federal government's going to solve it," report co-author William Purcell III, former mayor of Nashville, Tenn., said. "These recommendations require concerted effort among all."

The new report offered a series of recommendations on how to handle the obesity epidemic, including:

  • At least half of kids' meals offered by restaurants should meet federal dietary guidelines -- without costing the customer more.
  • Make healthier foods available in shopping malls, sports arenas, and other popular areas.
  • Put in sidewalks and other safe places to walk in communities.
  • Expand workplace wellness programs.

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