Obesity and the Economy…

One mans calories is another's paycheck...

Being fat these days is BIG business (yes I used the “BIG” word) as they get us both coming and going (again the funeral business is booming as people are dying to get in).  Think about this, Madison Avenue drives us to some place like McDonald’s or Star Bucks for a high carbohydrate; low nutrition meal which if you live in the United States is even subsidized with your tax dollars to promote a cheaper selling point.

Then after you finish that juicy burger (loaded with artery clogging fat), and those delicious golden brown fries (again packed artery clogging grease, and tons of calories) you now sit back sipping your high calorie cola with an afterglow your cardiologist is going to love.  As he is now in the process of cracking your chest open with what looks like large bolt cutters to perform a quadruple bypass.

This is the second side of the obesity industry, as in the day quadruple bypass (surgery) was rare, yet today I know of cardiologists performing 6 to 8 a day!  Yes folks in a pseudo assembly line fashion they wheel them in, pop their chest like a lobster’s tail and move them on through with a shout of Next!

Does the aggregated medical establishment want you to lose weigh when they are raking it in, heck no as look at the piles of money they are making assuming of course you have some form of insurance.  So economically there is no winning [for them] by you losing weight and I haven’t even factored in the tube (TV) into this mix as they advertise both the medical as well as the fast food side comfortably into your living room as you sit on the couch and stuff your face with more of those “cheap” carbohydrates.

So the only one who wants you to lose weight is your insurance company, as they are the ones footing the (medical) bill for your bad habits.  So the question is how long can this go on, as obesity has a number of add on affects as while your off for six to eight weeks recovering, you’re not working, your employer is losing output and a your now a burden on the productivity of the national GDP!

Well you get the Idea as in systems think one can keep going, yet the picture only draws out to be bleaker as you go.  In short this is looping unfortunately into a viral pattern, which will only stop when one of the main loops fails and can you guess which one it will be?

If you guessed medical, you’re a winner as the economic side of the equation is far more finite then the carbohydrate side so you will (no matter what) see a degradation in medical services, which will lead to a greater (negative) impact on GDP, which will drive earnings down, which will drive more people to cheap high carbohydrate food to become yet even fatter.  Just something to think as you sit there and lift that next French Fry to your mouth…

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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