Monday, September 14, 2009

NYT Article: Big Food vs Big Insurance by Michael Pollan

(Image: Brian Rea Courtesy of the NYT)

Really really good article. Wouldn't expect anything less from Michael Pollan and glad someone is talking about the real issues.

Here's a snippet...

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of health care spending now goes to treat “preventable chronic diseases.” Not all of these diseases are linked to diet — there’s smoking, for instance — but many, if not most, of them are.

We’re spending $147 billion to treat obesity, $116 billion to treat diabetes, and hundreds of billions more to treat cardiovascular disease and the many types of cancer that have been linked to the so-called Western diet. One recent study estimated that 30 percent of the increase in health care spending over the past 20 years could be attributed to the soaring rate of obesity, a condition that now accounts for nearly a tenth of all spending on health care.

The American way of eating has become the elephant in the room in the debate over health care."

Please read and find the entire article HERE.

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