Tuesday, February 8, 2011

real costs of obesity

this chart, from the McKinsey Quarterly, a free, on-line business resource, demonstrates the real and devastating costs of obesity in america. as the article points out, these costs are rising world-wide: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/newsletters/chartfocus/2011_01.htm

i have written much on obesity, some to the dismay of my colleagues with the EDCT. nonetheless, since each person's weight issue is a private matter with public consequences, the message must get out somehow and with some solutions that people can, pardon the pun, digest. i am at a loss as to how to do this but as last week's post re the government's admonition to 'eat less' revealed, this is a crude but necessary start. and how will it affect those apt to read too much into the message and start on the path toward a real eating disorder? i suspect few will go that route simply because they hear it in the media or from the government. i suspect that, like people who become sex-addicts or drug/alcohol addicts, where both are in ample supply and receive ample media attention, some will but most won't. food is simply too satisfying....even if you eat less of it.

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