The US election cycle might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that our concerns of the country’s financial situation are subsiding. The obesity epidemic is raging as strong as ever and the costs of that battle do affect all of our lives directly.
I know that the problems of the world are many, and we all have to pick where we direct our energy and spend our valuable time. While we’re busy thinking about mortgages, student loans, and car payments, obesity can seem like a non-urgent issue. However, this is something that is ruining the people that we care about, our families and friends.
Sometimes, the way that we’re presented information has a lot to do with how and where we direct our focus.
The Obesity Epidemic
The data in this infographic that really strikes me is the amount of health care costs associated with smoking and drinking compared to obesity-related diseases.
- Health care costs attributed with smoking each year = $96 billion.
- Similar costs caused by alcohol-related diseases = $24.6 billion.
- Annual medical costs of obesity-related diseases = $147 billion!
What this means is that the combination of smoking-related health problems plus alcohol-related health problems combined ($120.6 billion) is less than the cost of obesity-related health problems.
With all of the political marketing taking place, and discussions about where to allocate limited resources, certainly we can all agree that there is a better use of the $147 billion dollars that we spend on preventable health conditions.
If there is someone in your life that might be motivated by the information below to start exercising and pay more attention to the types of food that they’re eating, please pass this along. Hit the “Like” button above, or share it with your social networks. Obesity might seem like a problem that is out of our control, but when all of us come together for a common cause, great things can happen!