Big Fat Whoop

February 5, 2008 at 11:51 am (Dieting and Fitness)

According to this story, obesity is less costly in terms of medical treatment than what people first believed.   The gist of the argument is that fat people die earlier, whereas healthy people live long lives that cost millions of dollars in the long run to maintain.

I don’t quite know what to think of this story.  In some respects, it’s like saying starving people cost less money to feed, because they die of malnutrition, whereas healthy people need food for the rest of their long, full lives. 

One thing that troubles me are the graphics that accompany the story.  I am so sick and fucking tired of stories, both in print and on tv, that feature random large bellies and butts to illustrate “research” on obesity.  Thanks for that, because without your amazing photography, I would have no idea what fat looks like.  Perhaps stories about breast cancer research should show, oh, not women getting mammograms, but just random tit shots.  And the next time I read about some erectile dysfunction medication, I hope there’s photo of a big old crotch, because “science” is inaccessible to the public without illustrations.

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4 Comments

  1. ashyknees said,

    The story tries to be two things at once: financially utilitarian and altruistic. “Don’t prevent obesity and smoking-related diseases to save money, because people will just get more expensive diseases later. Prevent disease because it’s the right thing to do.”

    I think many people will read the story and think, gee, why should I do anything about obesity if I’m just going to die of something worse later?

    Certain news media conventions require that an image accompany every story, and these images–especially those creepy graphics of gun sites–are often stupid.

  2. GunMonkey said,

    Think of all the money those victims of car accidents save us. Especially the teenagers. That’s a whole lifetime of medical costs we don’t have to pay. Kinda makes you wonder why drunk-driving is so bad…

  3. TragicCrusade said,

    Why stop there GunMonkey

    Im all for letting Qui and Ten Feet eat the nations babies with barbecue sauce

    Especially if it saves a few dollars
    So go ahead eat babies save trillions.

    Sorry Jonathan Swift.

  4. Quiconque said,

    Mmmm. Babies.

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