One of my favorite resources for the newest research and information in nutrition is the NY Times. On September 27, 2010 the New York Times posted this report: Obesity Costs Women More. The CDC estimates that Americans spend about $147 billion a year on the direct and indirect costs of obesity. The report by researchers at GWU caught my attention because they break down the costs to the individual level, showing that obese women have double the annual expenses as their male counterparts. This doesn't even take into consideration health costs down the road (such as medications for Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, etc).
As we all know and hear, the rates of overweight and obese Americans are steadily climbing, and we need to take action now! I love Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity: Let's Move! because it encourages physical activity and healthy food choices, as well as demands action on the community and political levels.