Deaths that are directly attributable to obesity and the diseases that obesity causes are three times what doctors and scientists previously believed according to a new study conducted by Dr. Ryan Masters, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, that was published in the Aug. 15, 2013, issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
The rate of death from obesity increased from five percent to 18 percent for Black and White Americans between the ages of 40 and 85. The researchers determined that the rate of death increases five percent every decade of a person’s life who is born obese or becomes obese in the first five to ten years of their life.
The present estimates of all costs involving obesity by the United States government is $117 billion. According to the new research these costs will triple in the next ten to twenty years because the people that are obese will remain obese and obesity rates continue to climb.
The rates of death at present are 27 percent for Black women, 21 percent for White Women, 15 percent for White Men, and 5 percent for Black men.
The researchers do not offer much hope for programs at all levels of government to be able to stem the growing rates of death from obesity in the United States.