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If you worry about your weight, you are not alone. The issue of being overweight and the problems that come with seems to be a modern American malady. Much like smoking seemed impossible to stop twenty years ago, weight problems and obesity are today's behavior problem in the 2000s. Per capita and by generation, U.S. eaters are fatter as a country than just about any other region in the world. Much of it has to do with our accepted-behavioral standards based on consumerism today. Statistics Americans are approximately two-thirds overweight among all adults. This means that two out of three people in the U.S. today are walking around with more weight than they need to be carrying. Among the same total population, almost 15 percent are what we socially and medically define as extreme obese. Since 1991 this statistic has more than doubled. And the common occurrence of weight problems is not cheap either. Aside from the fact that there is more food consumption and grocery costs, weight problems also drive more expenses for dealing with being larger. Whether it be from having to hunt down bigger clothes sizes or purchase larger cars to fit in properly, being big is not cheap. Want to fly on a plane and feel comfortable in your seat? Good luck. Most plane seats today are designed for people who weigh 150 lbs total. Large folks have to pay for an extra seat to not feel squished in transit. It is estimated today that the expense for the U.S. as a whole to deal with being overweight is reaching almost $300 billion in expenses. While this cost is very loose aggregate of all the expenses associated with weight problems, and would probably decrease with some scrutiny as to what makes up the number, the actual combined expense is still very high. Business alone per economists pushing for employee health reforms figure it chips in almost $13 billion a year to address the issue. And the defining factor seems to be when an employee reaches above a specific body mass index (BMI) level. The BMI measurement basically defines a ratio for a person's height versus their weight. When the ratio is off from what would be an acceptable norm, the person is then technically overweight. While very general in application, there is correlation between extreme BMI levels and increasing health costs for employers. Those employees whose BMI is below 27.5, the medical expenses for insurance coverage seem to be stable. However, when the employee gets over 30, then the employer's cost seems to start increasing rapidly.
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