According to the CDC, 32% of Americans were obese in 2008 – up from 15% in 1990.
It’s one reason we’re going broke, writes Mary Meeker in her definitive guide to the American public debt crises:
“An estimated 7% of $2.1 trillion healthcare costs (including those linked to diabetes, cancer, heart / respiratory / joint diseases) were related to obesity in 2008.
By comparison, that’s more than all corporate income tax revenue that year.”
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