It is said that the US has the highest concentration of overweight persons on earth
at 64% of the population. This is steadily increasing as it has over the years and
by 2015, 75% of the population is projected to be overweight with 41% obese.
As the most powerful and richest nation on earth, this is not surprising as obesity
is said to be symptomatic of affluence and profligate food consumption with little
or no labor-intensive work or a sedentary lifestyle.
The Health Cost of Affluence
With such a lifestyle comes the cost in terms of about a quarter to half a million
deaths every year due to overweight and obesity-relative diseases. Pharmaceutical
companies and the healthcare business community are coming out with promised cures
for obesity. Read MoreManaging Obesity Risk
The commerce of weight loss medication is now a multi-billion dollar industry that
caters to the growing number of overweight and obese persons wanting to get a hold
of their weight problems. You only need to Google search online to witness millions
of pages of health websites offering myriads of slimming products, drugs and supplements.
The problem is that you often can’t get both. Some diet supplements may be safe but
hardly effective. And there are many that are effective, but cause all sorts of adverse
side effects to the point that the FDA has banned them.