Obesity Crisis In America Costing Billions:The Facts.
The average American turns away when seeing an obese person approaching.This attitude of "see no evil " and " do nothing" , is costing the taxpayers billions of dollars. I found this article highlighting the cost of the obesity crisis in America.Any thinking person will come to the conclusion :The obesity crisis in America is a national problem,not just the problem of the obese population! This calls for an intervention on a national scale.The solution to the obesity crisis can be for instance : exploiting the culture of competitions like "The Biggest Loser."Reality shows where obese people share their experiences of loosing weight and how it changed their lives.More attention given to practical and sustainable weight loss products made specifically for obese people.I am surprised that this has not happened.OR is it just a matter of turning a blind eye and hoping the problem will disappear?
"The heavy price of obesity in America: By the numbers
Nationally, nearly 36 percent of adults are obese, and businesses are spending billions to make everything from bathrooms to sports stadiums easier for them to navigate
posted on May 2, 2012, at 9:12 AM
The U.S. spends an extra $4 billion in gasoline every year to drive overweight passengers on the road.
Estimated economic cost of obesity in America, or twice the amount previously estimated, taking into account everything from "wider stadiums seats to sturdier, floor-mounted toilets," says CBS News. The calculations were published in the Journal of Health Economics.
The new minimum seat threshold, in pounds, for commuter subway trains in New York
1 to 2
Additional inches added to seats installed at venues like Yankee Stadium
Percentage of U.S. adults considered obese
Percentage of U.S. children aged 2 to 19 considered obese
Factor by which the number of obese Americans has increased in the past 50 years
Extra sick days obese men take every year compared to their coworkers
Extra sick days obese women take every year compared to their coworkers
Annual cost to workplaces due to lost productivity for every obese male worker
Annual cost to workplaces due to lost productivity for every obese female worker
Extra medical expenditures every year for an obese male
Extra medical expenditures every year for an obese female
Percentage of extra medical costs, roughly, that obesity adds to the U.S. total each year
938 millionExtra gallons of gasoline required to transport overweight passengers in the U.S. "Some costs of obesity reflect basic physics," says Reuters. "It requires twice as much energy to move 250 pounds than 125 pounds. As a result, a vehicle burns more gasoline."
Extra cost of gasoline required to drive overweight passengers on the road every year
Extra cost of gasoline required to fly overweight passengers on airplanes every year."