The movement against obesity threatens many livelihoods

news.bbc.co.uk

news.bbc.co.uk

Not quite sure if the author is being serious or ironic, but the underlying point that our economy has industries that benefit from obesity, is valid. As a result, the difficulty of introducing labelling, regulation or other measures to reduce obesity, is harder. The list of industries that benefit:

  • Magic weight loss supplements that promise to melt pounds off.
  • Big & Tall clothing stores.
  • Funeral homes. Fewer deaths per year will bury many of these businesses.
  • The medical profession. How would physicians and hospitals make a living? There’s no money in preventive medicine.
  • Tailors and seamstresses who won’t have to let our pants out each year.
  • Gastric bypass centers that would have to market their services to overweight pets.
  • Weight loss programs that view the obese as worth their weight in gold.
  • Big Pharma who will suffer huge losses as there will be fewer diabetics and hypertensives to treat.
  • Medical device companies who manufacture cardiac catheterization equipment.
  • The exploding sleep apnea medical industry will be gasping for breath.
  • Splenda and Sweet & Low companies. Slender folks won’t be scared to ingest real sugar.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken and other ‘finger lickin’ good’ delicacies.

The movement against obesity threatens many livelihoods.

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