The American obesity epidemic is screwing over our economy. The Campaign to End Obesity is out with a new report showing the staggering economic costs of dealing with an increasingly more obese American population. Today – the number of Americans who are obese has tripled since 1960. Obesity – and the health risks associated with it - adds over $190 billion a year extra to the nation’s medical tab. It also drives down worker productivity – as the very obese are costing employers on average $30 billion a year.
And – as a result of having to transport more weight – cars in America are burning an extra billion gallons of gasoline a year. And who can we blame for this obesity epidemic? Ronald Reagan. As the EqualityTrust in the UK discovered – obesity is directly linked to wealth inequality as the more unequal a nation is – then the higher the obesity rates are. The soaring wealth inequality levels in America today can be traced back to the Reagan tax cuts – which have by and large been kept in place by every subsequent President since – creating a mass redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top. Working Americans now have to make choices between putting gas in their car, buying health insurance, or paying for healthier – and often costlier – foods.
Time to roll back the Reagan tax cuts – and slim down America.