- Zillions of health care dollars spent treating obesity directly.
- Gazillions of health care dollars treating medical consequences of obesity.
- Loss of economic productivity from a bloated workforce.
- Diminished economic activity from corpulent citizens who limit travel and recreational activities.
- Loss of quality of life for those who have expanded far beyond their desired BMI.
- Phasing out of Whoppers and Big Macs, two national gastronomical treasures.
What harms one person saves another. Even natural disasters create jobs and keep entire industries profitable. Similarly, the movement against obesity threatens many livelihoods. Here are a few folks whose incomes would suffer if the nation slims down.
- Magic weight loss supplements that promise to melt pounds off.
- Big & Tall clothing stores.
- Funeral homes. Fewer deaths per year will bury many of these businesses.
- The medical profession. How would physicians and hospitals make a living? There’s no money in preventive medicine.
- Tailors and seamstresses who won’t have to let our pants out each year.
- Gastric bypass centers that would have to market their services to overweight pets.
- Weight loss programs that view the obese as worth their weight in gold.
- Big Pharma who will suffer huges losses as there will be fewer diabetics and hypertensives to treat.
- Medical device companies who manufacture cardiac catheterization equipment.
- The exploding sleep apnea medical industry will be gasping for breath.
- Splenda and Sweet & Low companies. Slender folks won’t be scared to ingest real sugar.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken and other ‘finger lickin’ good’ delicacies.
But before we create a national movement to stamp out corpulence in our lifetime, consider the economic consequences. (Why do you think that cigarettes are still legal?) Many folks depend upon our excessive poundage to feed their families and run their businesses. Weight loss is a job killer. To those who aim to destroy America one pound at a time, where’s the outrage?