SOUTH CAROLINA’S OBESITY RATE PROJECTED TO SOAR OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES
Already one of the fattest states in America, South Carolina’s obesity rate is set to soar even higher over the next two decades – to the point where nearly two out of every three Palmetto State residents will be classified as obese.
According to the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 62.9 percent of adult South Carolinians will be classified as obese by the year 2030 – which would make our state the fifth fattest in the nation (behind only Mississippi, Oklahoma, Delaware and Tennessee).
And no … “all that vajiggle jaggle is not beautimous.” Nor is it healthy …
Elevated obesity is linked to diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and other assorted ailments. In fact over the next two decades this report projects “615,599 new cases of type 2 diabetes, 1,351,642 new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, 1,216,272 new cases of hypertension, 780,823 new cases of arthritis, and 188,245 new cases of obesity-related cancer in South Carolina.”
That’s going to cost our state billions of dollars in health care costs … unless of course our fatties get off their lard asses and lose some damn weight.
Last year South Carolina ranked eighth in the nation with an obesity rate of 30.9 percent. Those numbers – and these projections – have prompted S.C. Deparment of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton to declare a “War on Fat” in the Palmetto State.
Do we think government should be leading this charge?
No … but we do agree with Templeton’s position regarding the removal of soda machines from public schools.