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February 24, 2011

What would you do with $450 billion dollars? Hydrate every American with a venti soy latte? Buy 7 thousand Gulfstream Jets and “fly like a G6”? Feed every family in Africa for a year and a half? Pay back every citizen’s consumer debt 250 times?

How about pick up the cost of obesity in America?

Indirectly, obesity costs the United States $450 billion dollars every year.

4-5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 dollars. That’s more money than the combined net worth of 200 Oprahs.

We may be able to ignore far off health risks or wear a cover up at the beach, but as Americans, money is hard to ignore. So go for a walk, do some crunches, or play a game of office floor hockey because that bulging waistline isn’t just increasing your chances of Alzheimer’s, decreasing your brain performance, or shortening your life span, it’s burning a hole in the pocket of Uncle Sam and opening a tab that, someday, someone is going to have to pay.

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