Big Waistlines = Big Money
By now you’ve likely heard the latest projections for future US obesity rates. In 2030, some are speculating that nearly 42% of the population will be obese.
The shocking stats have been all over the news and social media and got a lot of people talking. But when I read Jack Cafferty’s CNN blog I felt that I needed to add my two Angry cents. Why – because Jack ended his post with this question – “Where is the U.S. headed if 42% of us are obese by 2030?”
Well, I have a few ideas where we’ll be as a nation – and who’ll be benefitting!
By 2030 the overweight people of today will be even heavier and the companies and medical establishment that make billions off of their poor health will be even richer. Frankly I think many people in this country don’t want to cure obesity and the reason is simple – MONEY. Some estimate that this rise in obesity rates would generate an additional 550 BILLION dollars in related medical expenses in years to come – in addition to the billions being generated now. Think about all the magic pills, powders, weight loss surgeries and other medical costs. Let’s be honest being big is good for business. As long as people are fat, there’ll be doctors and snake oil salesman cleaning up at the bank. Do you REALLY think they want Americans to be thinner? They’ll be out of work.
On the political front Michelle Obama has famously introduced My Plate, a supposedly better eating guide and has urged the population to shape up. Yet at the same time our governments subsidize and support corn syrup manufacturing, GMO foods and all other sorts of behind closed doors deals that seriously effects the quality and safety of our food supply.
Here’s what I think – forget about Big Brother giving you a helping hand. If we want to stop obesity, we need to take the initiative on our own. It’s not Michelle Obama’s responsibility to teach us how to eat right or to explain that exercise is good for us. WE KNOW THAT. Instead, educate yourself and learn how to treat your body the right way. There is tremendous power and information right at your fingertips, literally just a click away. I agree we should have programs available to those who need support, guidance and help with weight loss. It’s a no brainer as far as I’m concerned. We do it for addicts so why not for the obese. But if you’re waiting around for the government to regulate what’s on our shelves and to help you make better choices, I think you’ll be waiting a long time.
Take your own life in your hands and make a choice. We all have the same power to control our own lives. So where will we be by 2030? If we don’t change who takes action for our problems, we’ll just be fatter. And poorer too. Well, maybe not all of us…
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