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formed by years of their own mass marketing.
The cost of America’s obesity epidemic extends far beyond emotional pain and low self-esteem. Obesity is now second only to smoking as
a cause of mortality in the United States. The CDC estimates that about 280,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of being
overweight. The annual health care costs in the United States stemming from obesity now approach $240 billion; on top of that Americans
spend more than $33 billion on various weight-loss schemes and diet products. Obesity has been linked to heart disease, colon cancer,
stomach cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, infertility, and strokes. A 1999 study by the American Cancer Society
found that overweight people had a much higher rate of premature death. Severely overweight people were four times more likely to die
young than people of normal weight. Moderately overweight people were twice as likely to die young. “The message is we’re too fat and it’s
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08