A study out by the CDC has been floating around the news. Supposedly, overweight Americans cost our health care system an additional $147 billion each year. That's huge.
We have 47 million uninsured Americans. If we reallocated that money away from treating overweight people, we would have $3,100 per year available to put toward health insurance premiums for the uninsured. That's assuming we live in an ideal world where we actually care about assisting the uninsured and we all have an interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
It's not just health care savings. When we stop eating doughnuts, ice cream, cookies, pies, bacon double cheeseburgers and deep-fried Twinkies, we have more disposable income to put toward our own health care needs, which in theory should be less if we stop eating all the high-fat, high-fructose foods that we are consuming on a daily basis.
Honestly, how did we ever get to this point of having 100 million obese citizens? Oregon ranks somewhere in the middle. I think it speaks to much deeper cultural problems when you have this level of ill-health. We work too much. We overlook nature. We are highly self-indulgent. An unhealthy mind has created an unhealthy body in my opinion.