Thursday, February 9, 2012

Are Obese Camps The Answer To A Better Ecomy?

 When two thirds of your country is either overweight or obese, it is time to start counting the cost.This is exactly what the next article does.Not only does obesity have many related physical health challenges,there are also mental repercussions.It is heart breaking to watch the participants of the TV show"Fat Doctor" say things like: "I am caught in this body",  "I have no friends", "I dare not go to the supermarket","I am so lonely". The list of heart aches go on. Imagine this is your child speaking!What are the chances of him/her ever fitting into society?I found these "obese camps" listed on the internet:

Are these obese camps worthwhile investigating?For sure!They have stunning results for all to see.
Please investigate the possibility of saving yourself or a beloved child from being an outcast for life.Think of where you( or someone else) can be next year.
Here are the shocking facts about obesity:

"Reducing average BMI by 5 percent could save $158B over 10 years

February 08, 2012 | Chris Anderson, Senior Editor

WASHINGTON – A new report on obesity by The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) found that reducing the average body mass index (BMI) of U.S. citizens by five percent could produce ten-year savings of more than $158 billion in reduced obesity-related costs.
The report, “Bending the Obesity Cost Curve” showed that two-thirds of Americans are either obese or overweight and that obesity is directly related to more than 30 illnesses, notably Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer.
[See also: Treating morbidly obese patients adds considerable cost]"Prevention is the key to halting the obesity epidemic, lowering healthcare costs and creating a long-term path to a healthier and economically sound America," said Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, in a press release announcing the study findings.
The study found that if current trends continue in this country, nearly half of all men and women will be obese by 2030.
The study's estimates predict these rates of obesity could contribute to more than six million cases of Type 2 diabetes, five million cases of coronary heart disease and stroke and more than 400,000 cases of cancer in the next two decades. The combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by $48-66 billion per year in the United States by 2030 and will also create a loss in economic productivity as high as $540 billion.
"The United States must address the obesity epidemic and provide communities – through the Prevention Fund and other programs – with the resources to change our sick care system to a true healthcare system that focuses on keeping people healthy in the first place and ensures today's children aren't at risk of living shorter, less healthy lives than their parents," added Levi.
Preventing obesity in the first place is the most effective way to reduce obesity-related healthcare spending and programs that seek to encourage a healthier, more active lifestyle are both effective and cost effective.
A 2008 study conducted by TFAH, the Urban Institute, the New York Academy of Medicine and The Prevention Institute found that an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years.
The study “Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities” showed a return on investment of roughly $3.10 for every $1 spent on community based programs. Out of the $16 billion in projected savings, Medicare could save more than $5 billion, Medicaid could save more than $1.9 billion and private payers could save more than $9 billion."

A I said in the beginning: It is time to count the cost of obesity AND you cannot afford to NOT take action!

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