Obesity Epidemic Costing The Economy

Sep 5, 2017

American’s obesity is causing “higher health care costs and undercutting military recruiting, according to a new study. The health care costs associated with obesity are an estimated $150 billion a year. Billions more are lost because of a decline in worker productivity. The obesity epidemic is cutting into military recruiting. “70 percent of today’s youth are not fit to serve in the military due to obesity or being overweight, criminal records, drug misuse or educational deficits.” The Pentagon is spending an estimated $1 billion a year on additional health care costs for overweight troops and their families. West Virginia weighs in with the highest obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Colorado comes in at the bottom of the list with 22 percent of residents being obese. “Obesity rates are around 30 percent higher among adults without a college education and with incomes below $15,000 compared with other adults.”