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August 5th, 2009
12:18 PM ET

The real cost of obesity?

With all the talk these days about health care reform – a trillion dollars to insure every American – we wondered, could the total cost be lowered if we as a nation spent a little time and energy on prevention?

Take obesity: medical spending on obesity-related conditions has skyrocketed to 147 billion dollars a year. That's nearly 10 percent of all medical spending in the United States. And that's just the beginning.

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  1. Greg


    You are behind the curve and lacking the facts. The American public is on to the scare tactics that were used by the last administration...just look at the results of the last election. As for having the BEST healhcare in the world, the US tied with Slovakia and Poland regarding our infant mortality rate and rank 38th in the world for life expectancy. Not exactly THE BEST!

    August 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  2. Brad

    If we attack Obesity, then what will happen with all them minimum wage employees that work at our fast food restaurants? They will lose jobs and be on unemployement due to lack of work. Keep people fat and give the minimum wage workers job security.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  3. Bernice

    The plan is not to cover eyecare, medication, or dental either. Just saying...if you don't have it now, do not sit by thinking that you will have it if this does pass! You will pay more for the coverage with much less medical treatments for you! You will have to pay for all of your pain medications in cash! WOW! Think of your costs AFTER he destroys the medical in this country! Fix it, don't destroy it! We have the BEST medical in the world, fix the problem, not what already is the best!

    August 6, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  4. Margaret

    One of the major problems with America's "Big Machine Insurance Companies", is that they no longer are in the Business of "Prevention". Our government over the past few decades, have allowed insurance companies to become "Big Time" profiteers, at the consumers expense!
    More often than not, insurance companies are allowed to deny consumers, preventive and/or early detection test all because it would affect their "bottom line" profit. Each year, for the past several years, my husband and I pay higher yearly premiums and incur, higher deductibles, while receiving less coverage and medical care. Example in case, my husband who retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after more then 36 years of service, insurance choices have been reduced, from an optimum plan (BC/BS PPO) to a substandard plan (United Health care). Under BC/BS we had an allotment for yearly eye care. Whereby now we have a yearly $800.00 detachable. Which clearly means that we have zero, eye care insurance. Since we both wear glasses, that means both incur out of pocket cost of: anywhere from $75.00-$100.00 for eye exams and an additional $200.00- $300.00 for new glasses! The true reform from government, should start and address reform of the current corrupt system. Americans are suffering!!
    I'm just saying!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  5. Bernice

    I told you all week after he took office, he lied to the American People by taxing the smokers here! At that time, you were told that the next huge tax would be placed on the junk food!! Now it's time to discriminate against you all.... What a man of MANY lies!! This administration needs voted OUT! Regardless, this was always his plan! That only tells me that we were lied to begin with! Once you are a liar. Watch very carefully now. He is about to "get us all". My vote, "LET'S GET OUR COUNTRY BACK!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:25 am |
  6. greg

    CNN Is Refusing to Run Ads Criticizing the Health Care Industry. That's a headline from the Huffington Post.

    This is CNN's right not to run ads on their network, I call it blocking views of different sides of the health care debate and is very suspicious regarding CNN's opinion on the issue.

    What's up CNN?

    August 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  7. Dan in Tucson

    Obesity is a direct result of America's gluttony and excessive way of life. Another cause is corporate America making the most affordable food bad for us. Neither of these issues have and end in sight.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    Seems to me that our President is fascinated by T.V. cameras. Everytime there's one nearby, he's got to get in front of it and tell us how great he's doing with the health plan and job creations. Someone should tell him that enough is enough! I, for one, get tired of seeing AND listening to him.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm |