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  •  Fat bashing is wrong but fat is not healthy (0+ / 0-)

    Obesity adds more to health costs than smoking does

    Nationally, that comes to $190 billion a year in additional medical spending as a result of obesity, calculated Cawley, or 20.6 percent of U.S. health care expenditures.
    "Smoking added about 20 percent a year to medical costs," said Mayo's James Naessens. "Obesity was similar, but morbid obesity increased those costs by 50 percent a year. There really is an economic justification for employers to offer programs to help the very obese lose weight."
    Fat as in chubby can be healthy enough but morbidly obese is not healthy. Some are healthier than others of course but they have much higher risk for so many things.

    But bashing should not be one of them

    •  Obesity doesn't add to total health costs (0+ / 0-)

      As with smoking, obesity doesn't add to total health costs, and for the same reason: obese people cost more per year when they're alive, but they die at a younger age.

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