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Non-stop talk about health care reform, but do we ever actually talk about the elephant in the room?
"Obesity is the elephant in the room of health care reform, a public health catastrophe that kills more than 100,000 Americans a year, cost the nation $147 billion last year and threatens to shorten U.S. life expectancy for the first time since the Civil War." (SFGate)
Of course not.

The disconnect makes me crazy. People get sick of all the yoga talk, but really; it's a matter of preventative medicine. We have so much more control over our health than we realize. Now, if we would just quit cutting P.E. programs and subsidizing corn and telling people that the food pyramid is where it's at...

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$147 billion - Obesity-related medical spending in the U.S. in 2008

$15.5 million - Medical costs related to obesity in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 2006

50 - Percent of California adults who don't exercise enough

33 - Percent of children born in 2000 likely to develop diabetes

30 - Percent of adult Americans who are obese

20 - Average number of days a year an obese person is unable to work

16.7 - Percent of American children who are obese

Obesity a Crushing Weight on U.S. Healthcare (SFGate)

Comments

Anonymous said…
I've heard that 90% of statistics are made up to prove a point.

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