Obesity: The Costs and the Profit
It’s no surprise that obesity is on the rise in the United States, and while it is becoming much of an epidemic, there are some businesses that are using the opportunity to help increase their own sales. Just about two-thirds of the adults in the United States are considered obese. In the next twenty years, it has been predicted that nearly half of the population in the United States will be obese. Of course, that is if the trends continue with the way that they have been going for the past few years.
As clinicians, we’re often discussing the physical, emotional, and financial impact of obesity. Typically, we’re talking about the huge losses that it causes for families and the patients that are battling this epidemic. So who’s profiting from this unfortunate occurrence that we’re so desperately trying to correct?
With obesity on the rise, clothing businesses are surely making a profit. There are several different stores that cater to men and women who are plus-sized. However, these stores are often more expensive than the traditional clothing stores, thus resulting in more money spent on clothing in the first place. Diet companies are also bringing in big bucks, with billions of dollars being spent on these products by obese individuals who are looking to lose weight.
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