Obesity and healthcare costs

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    Here is one reason why America spends more on health care than any other nation in the world - we're too fat!

    Greg Mankiw's Blog: Obesity and Healthcare Costs

    C'mon, America. Do you really need that stack of six pancakes with chocolate chips and whipping cream smothered in syrup first thing in the morning at IHOP?
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - Obama don't wanna be married to a fat mama...
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    US First Lady Promotes Anti-Obesity Initiative
    February 09, 2011 : U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her "Let's Move" initiative, aimed at fighting the problem of childhood obesity.
     
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    It is mostly blacks and Hispanics whom are obese
     
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    Oh no we can't give our kids healthy options at school! How are they going to keep eating pizza, french fries, soda, and potato chips at lunch everyday! That's after they eat sugary cereals for breakfast. Hm why are all these kids getting diabetes and are so damn obese (driving up the cost for everyone else)? I wonder...
     
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    There are also a bunch of fat white dudes driving BMWs but you make a good point. Poverty in this country is not what one sees when thinking of living in poverty. Most American poor people have more than one TV, cell phones, cars, rent and utilities paid by social programs, and of course, plenty of food and sugery drinks. In principle, I don't agree with more taxes on soda or making food stamp purchases be healthy food choices only, but many poor people are obese because of the choices they make. This of course drives up the cost of health care in the U.S. due to diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and the list goes on. It is part of the cost of doing business in a free society.
     
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    Let me explain this to you dolts.

    The fatcats that own the stock in BK, Coke, Dunkin' yernuts, Nacho Hell,McD,Pizza Rut, Proctor-Gamble and all of that other shit also own heavy stock in big pharma and hospitals.Hospitals and big pharma own tons of stock in those companies. They all pay your politicians a hefty sum annually ( pawned off as " lobbying")

    Sorry to say it, but you're nothing more than cattle providing huge sums of money for fatcats.

    MMMMMMMMMMM Genetically modified corn on the cob ! It's SOOOOOOOO sweet ! Pass the Parkay !
    Idiots.
     
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    Obesity does increase the need for HC, without doubt.

    Of course the other reason why HC is so expensive here is because the cost is market driven like it is NOT in most nations.


     
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    .....and said market is being artificially inflated.
     
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    I lived in Japan and I can tell you, the Japanese walk everywhere! What takes 5 hours in a car takes only 1.5 hours on a train in Tokyo.

    They have small refrigerators so they have to go food shopping everyday and that includes a walk to the local supermarket.

    Their main dish isn't meat and potatoes, they eat a lot of vegetables and they eat smaller portions as well. Every time I visit Japan I usually see only 2 or 3 fat people.
     

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