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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Save Money, Eat Healthier
Obesity in the United States has grown drastically over the years, and if it isn't stopped now it will continue to grow even more. I think that obesity is due to new technologies in which people don't have to get up and do things for themselves. People can sit around and eat all day, and they think that there is nothing wrong with it. Well there is a problem with it, that problem is the United States' money being spend on things that they don't need to be spent on.
Recent studies have shown that obesity has cost the United States $168 billion dollars in medical spending. People who are obese are more likely to get diseases than people who are physically fit. Their chances of getting diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are now increased just because they are obese. The treatment that they need for these diseases cost a lot of money that wouldn't need to be used.
Imagine if less people were obese, that money that is being spent could be put to good use instead of using it on something that can be fixed simply by eating healthier and exercising. If the amount of obese people keeps increasing, so will the United States' spending. To learn more about the costs of the United States on obesity go to http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/fitness/2010-10-18-obesity-costs_N.htm