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TOPIC: Obesity is sinking America
Created by: Seduction4Two
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* $190 billion a year in excess medical spending

* Many costs borne by non-obese, as in higher insurance premiums

* Anti-obesity campaigners say highlighting costs should spur policy changes

NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) - U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking. Cars are burning nearly a billion gallons of gasoline more a year than if passengers weighed what they did in 1960.

The nation's rising rate of obesity has been well-chronicled. But businesses, governments and individuals are only now coming to grips with the costs of those extra pounds, many of which are even greater than believed only a few years ago: The additional medical spending due to obesity is double previous estimates and exceeds even those of smoking, a new study shows.

Many of those costs have dollar signs in front of them, such as the higher health insurance premiums everyone pays to cover those extra medical costs. Other changes, often cost-neutral, are coming to the built environment in the form of wider seats in public places from sports stadiums to bus stops.

The startling economic costs of obesity, often borne by the non-obese, could become the epidemic's second-hand smoke. Only when scientists discovered that nonsmokers were developing lung cancer and other diseases from breathing smoke-filled air did policymakers get serious about fighting the habit, in particular by establishing nonsmoking zones. The costs that smoking added to Medicaid also spurred action. Now, as economists put a price tag on sky-high body mass indexes (BMIs), policymakers as well as the private sector are mobilizing to find solutions to the obesity epidemic.

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Quality *Sucks* Vs. Pork Chops.

Place your bet right here!

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lccouple123 ....My point exactly I am Brooklyn born and raised and although I miss the pre Giuliani NYC, it is still the greatest city in the world, potholes and banned big gulps and all.

Rosemont IL
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669 sound about right.

Saint Louis MO
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That was the point.

PP will soon be calling him fake, or stupid, or something. Punishment for sharing a joke with me.

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lc......Newark....what a shit hole lol

Rockport MA
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Newark???? I pass kiddo!

Jamaica NY
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lccouple123 ...Jersey would love to have you, I hear there are plenty of homes available in Newark these days

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Lucky2haveU 1. I do not list myself as "athletic" like the Hubby in question 2. 80 would have been about right 2 months ago, it is around 40 these days

Rosemont IL
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Northerners geeeze :)

pizza, pretzels, hot dogs,,, I know yawl make to best ever.

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Kind of funny this thread is right after the one on Guilty Pleasures.

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TOPIC: Obesity is sinking America