The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is well documented. And while the first thing that comes to mind is the impact on our citizens’ health, there is a monetary cost involved that is staggering, as well. That’s why a cable business channel like CNBC is devoting an hour-long special on the issue tonight.
Obesity is the number one health crisis in America today. Over 200 million of us are in danger of obesity-related illnesses. And obesity costs us $147 billion every year.
CNBC, whose tagline is “First in Business Worldwide,” takes on the impact obesity has on business. The show takes viewer “where the waistline meets the bottom line.” It’s a problem that not only affects those fighting weight problems, but everyone else in the pocketbook as well.
The documentary will also take a look at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Southern Utah. Even though it costs a hefty $2,000 a week, the show’s overwhelming popularity has ensured a long waiting list for the resort.
The show also examines how employers have a big stake in the health of our citizenry. If the workforce loses weight, that reduces medical claims and lost productivity linked to obesity.
CNBC correspondent Scott Wapner reports will be reporting on the frontlines of the war on fat, profiling Americans who are struggling with their weight.
One Nation Overweight on CNBC premieres tonight, May 18 10 p.m. EST