epidemic

Obesity - the epidemic Big Medical loves to hate

Friday, May 04, 2012 by: Scott Morefield
Tags: obesity, epidemic, profits

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Inuit Elders tell NASA Earth Axis Shifted
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Genetically white woman now claims self-identify as black: If you can choose your gender, can you also choose your race? What about your species? Can a human claim to be a llama?
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Obesity in America is more than just an epidemic, it's the normal state of affairs. Today, 34 percent of Americans are obese (BMI of 30+), triple the 1960 percentage. The ranks of the 'morbidly obese,' or those with a BMI of 40 or more, has swelled to 6 percent, six times the 1960 rate. Another 34 percent are 'merely' overweight. That means a whopping three out of four, or 75 percent of Americans are either overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. What a sad and completely preventable statistic!

The cost of obesity is staggering. From lost productivity and absenteeism on the job to the rising health-insurance premium costs, even the non-obese have to pay obesity's hefty price tag.

Many believe government should play more of a role in this public health crisis. Governmental policy initiatives such as the 2010 US healthcare reform law's provision to allow companies to charge the obese 30-50% more for health insurance (if they do not participate in a qualified wellness program) are met with opposition from various advocacy groups formed to 'end size discrimination.' Governmental efforts to regulate salt and other foods are met with even more resistance by those who rightly fear government overreach.



A profitable problem?

The medical / pharmaceutical industry's commitment to end the obesity epidemic could be called into question when the fact is realized that obese men spend $1,152 and obese women spend $3,613 more per year on medical care than everyone else. In total, because of obesity alone the medical industry earns an extra $190 billion per year, or 20.6 percent of all US healthcare expenditures. And instead of dying younger, as some researchers predicted would happen, the obese are kept alive for longer durations by drugs and treatments, further increasing medical industry revenue.

There can be no doubt that, to certain sectors of our economy, obesity is a profitable epidemic indeed. So why should it be a surprise when the solutions offered never get to the real crux of the problem? The system has everyone running like hamsters in a cage, chasing the carrot that is the 'American dream' even as it becomes increasingly out of reach. Where it once took one income to support a typical family, today it takes two, and lots of overtime to boot. The average American family barely has time to use the microwave oven to prepare a frozen meal, much less cook from scratch- or at least that's how many people feel. Fast food is an easy fix, a way to get through the day and on to the next. No wonder so many Americans are overweight!



So what's the solution?

Government isn't the answer. Hospitals and drugs aren't the answer, only a profitable way to treat the symptoms. The ultimate answer to the obesity epidemic is a massive public awakening, one that is already beginning. NaturalNews.com and other sites play a crucial role in educating the public - at the grassroots level - that we CAN break away from the system and take back control over what we put into our bodies, and it's not nearly as expensive and time-consuming as people might think.

The proper planning, knowledge and skills can make cooking from scratch very manageable, even for the most time-starved household. Permaculture techniques can make gardening easier and less time-consuming. Sure, buying organic might cost more on average than conventional grocery products, but the lesson here (one that applies across the board when it comes to health) is a lesson that everyone should truly grasp: Pay now or you will certainly pay later.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.reuters.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/035038_permaculture_gardening_how_to.html
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Scott and his wife, Kim, live in East Tennessee with their four small children, all of whom make excellent fodder for their blog A Morefield Life (connect with them on Facebook and Twitter), where they also write about marriage, parenting, nutrition & recipes, healthy lifestyle, homesteading, and many other topics. In addition to Natural News, Scott's articles have appeared on WorldNetDaily, A Biblical Marriage, The Liberty Crier, Infowars, The Daily Sheeple, and many other websites.

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Obesity at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.