The phrase bigger is better isn’t always true. As a matter of fact in the context I am about to present it can be downright deadly. You may have guessed by now but I am talking about obesity and the damage it does to our population. I have presented to you stats that showcase what it costs the country in terms of health care, but how about $15 billion? Does that have any impact on you and does that open your eyes at all to the true cost of this epidemic.
As a salesperson I sometimes sell by using FUD. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Well I am about to do that to you with this post. You should be deathly afraid of the cost of obesity in terms of health care costs, even if you live in Colorado which is the Union’s ‘thinnest’ state. You should be uncertain about the future of this country because if we don’t do anything then we are going to eat ourselves into the grave. And lastly, doubt. If you doubt what will happen to us in this country if we don’t gain control of our eating habits then keep reading.
On August 23rd I read an article by Rachel Rettner of My Healthy News Daily on MSNBC. The title of the article (click HERE for full article) screamed:
Obesity’s big fat cost to states: $15 billion per year
Not all states face a cost of $15 billion as pointed out by the fact that Wyoming’s cost is $203 Million, but California topped the charts at $15.2 Billion (based on 2009 dollars.) The researchers did not just calculate the cost but also the percentage of each states medical costs due to obesity. The number of states over 10% was alarming. My jaw hit the floor because the number of states totaled 10 or 20% of the country. Those states were: Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The states with the lowest percentages were Colorado and Hawaii.
“Across states, these estimates suggest that annual medical expenditures would be between 7.0 percent and 11.0 percent lower in the absence of obesity, the researchers wrote in a paper published June 16 in the journal Obesity.
Think about what you would do with a 7-10% raise because that is essentially what would happen to the budget. You would have 7% to 10% in ‘additional’ funds to spend on roads and highways. Maybe put that money toward schools and wouldn’t that be a novel idea. Can you imagine how many items would be able to be addressed if a state’s budget all of a sudden had money to play with?
If you think that this number is bad, just wait until you read this next sentence. HALF of U.S. population will be obese by 2030 experts predict as the number could swell to 164 million Americans. HALF. Do I have your attention now? I was sent this article yesterday with the subject of: You’ll Like This. Immediately I was furious with this prediction because this is unacceptable. Have we as a society become so glued to our TVs and Laptops that we can’t find 30 minutes to exercise on a daily basis?
Don’t think you can get anything done in 30 minutes? Go and read this post by fellow blogger Jennifer Roe on how she is taking full advantage of her time. I am tired of hearing excuses as to why it’s so hard to lose weight yet in the same breathe I see people ordering cupcakes and a loaf of white bread with butter for breakfast. Is that really the only choice you could have made in that restaurant? As I sat there eating a 0.5oz whole wheat walnut roll with approximately 1/2 Tbsp of peanut butter I just shook my head as one half of the loaf was gone in a matter of minutes. No, these people were not fueling up for a long ride or run but most likely a few hours in front of the television.
The article that I was sent put it in numbers terms that should make each person reading this post shake their head and think about how they can make a difference in this country. The numbers were: Obesity will add an extra 7.8million cases of diabetes, 6.8million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. within the next two decades.
Maybe those numbers don’t mean much to you but just like the $15 Billion cost up above these researchers have pegged a dollar amount to obesity as well. Their research shows that the U.S. can expect to spend an extra 2.6 per cent on its overall healthcare bill, or $66billion per year.
I am very passionate about this subject and have emailed with Chloe of 321 delish as well as spoken to Joel of Reasons 2 Ride. Both are just as passionate about exposing the epidemic that is obesity. In my conversation with Joel we have put some ideas together and I am looking forward to working with him in the very near future to bring this situation to light and gain a lot of exposure.
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