The Economic Impact of Obesity

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments by

Unequal access to healthy foods, given the rising cost of whole, unprocessed products in the United States, lends to the greater availability and proliferation of unhealthy, processed foods high in saturated fats and high-fructose corn syrup. Over two-thirds of American adults are classified as obese, which is unsurprising considering the fast food culture that pervades the nation. Since this food also tends to be cheaper, the poorer populations are more likely to consume them and fall into these statistics of obesity.

Obesity is more than a health problem for two-thirds of the population, but an economic issue for three-thirds of the population. The overall cost of health care, especially one that is becoming more universal, is directly affected by the money spent on treating diseases and conditions that are caused by and affiliated with obesity. The numbers speak for themselves.


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