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More Than 40% of U.S. May Be Obese by 2030, Study Says

The obesity rate may rise to 42 percent from about a third of the U.S. population by 2030, according to a report.

Preventing that increase may save about $550 billion in medical costs over the next 20 years, Eric Finkelstein, the study author and an associate research professor at Duke University, said during a press briefing. The findings, presented today at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Weight of the Nation obesity conference, also suggest the surge in obesity may be slowing.