Duty to die

February 8, 2008

http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/O/OBESITY_COST?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-02-05-02-58-08

I’m sure there are some economists who would love this.

On average, healthy people lived 84 years. Smokers lived about 77 years, and obese people lived about 80 years. Smokers and obese people tended to have more heart disease than the healthy people.

So healthy people who spend hours at the gym, watch their cholesterol intake and drink fresh squeezed vegetable juices only live 4 years longer than couch potatoes who eat multiple desserts (as long as they don’t smoke). Actually statistically it seems worse than that, healthy people only live 5% longer than the obese.

Especially in the case of the EU and Japan, the population keeps getting older and older with fewer workers to support the habits of the retired. And obesity is rapidly increasing in Europe, as I can tell just from personal observation on trips there every year to other year. Europe could solve its looming social welfare and health care costs by encouraging the obesity trend?

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