According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), over two-thirds of the adult US population (133.6 million people) are overweight or obese (BMI equal to, or greater than 25). Of those, over half are technically obese with BMIs greater than or equal to 30. To make matters worse, the percentage of those Americans classified as overweight has increased nearly 50% since 1950 and the prevalence of obesity has increased nearly 200% during the same period. The cost of our portliness stretches well beyond the approximately $95+ billion spent annually by Americans to treat obesity-related medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and colon cancer. So with all of these obvious indicators that we are in the midst of medical and lifestyle crises (only 26% of adult Americans engage in any sort of vigorous activity lasting 10 minutes or longer per week), is there any irony more cruel than that depicted in this photo I snapped today?
Incidentally, that’s a Weight Watchers next door to the Cold Stone Creamery.