Billions of dollars are spent every year on treating obesity and it’s related health conditions. Unfortunately, only a teeny tiny fraction of that money is spent on OBESITY PREVENTION.
Which is weird considering that obesity is largely a result of poor lifestyle choices.
- In Canada, it’s estimated that the cost of obesity (2008 numbers) rose to a staggering $7.1 billion.
- Based on population data, the province of Ontario’s share of that cost is approximately $2.75 billion
- And yet, it’s department of Health Promotion & Sport has a total annual budget of $470 million
- Of which, only $4.3 million is spent on nutrition & healthy eating.
- Obesity cost to Ontario: $2, 754,8000,000
- Amount spent by Ontario gov’t to encourage healthy eating: $4,324,400
Does this make sense to you?
Back in the olden days, my Grandma used to tell me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As a six year old, I had no idea what the heck she was talking about.
My guess is that whoever’s paying for these obesity costs still hasn’t figured it out.
BTW, it’s us paying the cost