Monday, May 23, 2011

Food for thought

I was reading and article recently about obesity and over weight people in this country. The article was good, but some of the statistics were eye-opening. You might want to keep these numbers in mind the next time you are sitting in the drive-through or getting the muffin (or any other snack) while at Starbucks.

12.4, the average amount gained in pounds of body fat, by “super-sizing” a fast food value meal three times a week for one year.

68% of those unnecessary calories are stored as excess weight (fat) after you eat these “value” meals

$285,000, yearly average cost of obesity related medical expenses that a company with 1000 employee incurred.

Estimated amount of U.S. health care spending attributed to obesity in 2008: $147 Billion.

These numbers should not be surprising, two-thirds of our nation is over-weight or obese. But, we also spend in the trillions on health related/weight-loss products. Many of these products are quick fix in nature, which usually do not work in the long run. Loosing weight and staying healthy is hard work, but well worth the effort.

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