Societal greed: Cholesterol is crippling our bodies, businesses, healthcare and economies


If you live outwith North America you should not take any comfort from this information! This is a major cultural problem and it is, quite literally, killing us. This isn’t a tsunami, a famine or a flood over which we have no control this is something that only WE, each and every person, can change…or not!!!

 

I have been critical of the role FSA have played in the era leading to our financial meltdown but we can’t blame them, or Government (directly!) or Food Standards Agency for these ills

According to a new study released this week by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), the total economic cost of overweight (BMI between 25.0 – 29.9) and obesity (BMI of more than 30) in the U.S. and Canada reaches $300(1) billion per year, with 90 percent of the total – $270 billion – attributed to the U.S.

While much research has been conducted on obesity, the SOA study looked at the economic costs of overweight and obesity caused by increased need for medical care, and loss of economic productivity resulting from excess mortality and disability.

In the study, the SOA also divided the $300 billion finding into specific causes of economic costs. The figure breaks down into the following economic costs per year:

Total cost of excess medical care caused by overweight and obesity: $127 billion

Economic loss of productivity caused by excess mortality: $49 billion

Economic loss of productivity caused by disability for active workers : $43 billion

Economic loss of productivity caused by overweight or obesity for totally disabled workers: $72 billion

Complexity: “Cholesterol for business” I have used this analogy before but it is certainly worth repeating as the similarities are apparent and potential impact “alarming”… Business systems suffer from their own version of cholesterol…it’s called…COMPLEXITY. If you don’t test for it you don’t know if it is doing damage to the vital inter-connections upon which your system is dependent? By the time that the outward signs show themselves irreparable damage is done. Sufficiently fit and … Read More

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