One-third of Mississippi population will have diabetes by 2030, doctor warns
A third of the population of Mississippi will have diabetes by 2030 and need costly care to stay alive, which will have a devastating impact both on them and the state's economy, according to a leading physician.
Dr Richard deShazo at the University of Mississippi medical centre in Jackson, is one of a group of physicians and academics who are trying to warn families about the dangers and consequences of obesity and teach them how to prevent their children gaining weight and damaging their health. Mississippi has long been the state with the highest obesity rate in the United States, dropping only slightly in the latest government survey to second place to Louisiana where 34.7% of the population is now obese, compared with 34.6% in Mississippi. Thirteen states, mostly in the south, have obesity rates of more than 30%.
The situation in Mississippi is dire, said deShazo. “We're going to have about a third of our population with diabetes by 2030. If you look at the economics of that, the downstream disability, it's very difficult to calculate the long-term effects but it's very hard to tell how the state can support itself,” said deShazo. The 2012 “F as in Fat” report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found Mississippi had the highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the US, at 12.3%, based on 2010 figures. At the current rate of increase, said deShazo, that would be a third of the population by 2030. The 10 states with the highest diabetes rates are all in the south.
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