Comment 53283

By d.knox (registered) | Posted December 18, 2010 at 14:36:23

Hey Centrist, let's stay open-minded...for every study there is an equal and opposite conflicting study, and this one says obesity saves us money in the long run because healthy-weight people live longer and cost us more in age-related, chronic but treatable conditions:

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info...

Of course, it's still a great idea to get serious about eliminating obesity.

More alarmingly, it's the slightly overweight people we need to worry about. They cost us 13% more per year in health care costs than a normal weight person (how does StatsCan get these numbers?!), and slightly overweight people shorten their life spans by only a few months to a year, so we are the ones who will cost the system the most in the long run. There's my New Years resolution decided for me.

Comment edited by d.knox on 2010-12-18 13:37:34

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