The system we live in makes for some perversions of economics. Once you understand these perverse circumstances, lots of things in health make better sense. Among them:
You are worth more DIABETIC than non-diabetic.
Diabetes is a booming business! Take a look at the gushing predictions of financial analysts, such as this Wikinvest report: Diabetes is booming and expected to pay drug manufacturers up to $114 billion annually. The diabetes market is presently growing 13.5% per year, a growth rate that shows no signs of slowing despite the recession.
You are worth more FAT than skinny.
We all know that being overweight or obese is associated with a wide array of health conditions: hypertension, diabetes and pre-diabetes, osteoarthritis, acid reflux, gallbladder disease, coronary heart disease, breast cancer. In total, these “market opportunities” comprise hundreds of billions of dollars in drug prescriptions, joint prostheses, surgical procedures, and hospitalizations. Drugs for acid reflux alone approach $100 billion annually in revenues to the drug industry.
If you are slender or normal, you are providing far less opportunity for any of these conditions. You are worthless!
You are worth more ALIVE than dead.
Chronic disease is the key, not death!
The longer you are kept alive with chronic conditions that require treatment, such as “high cholesterol,” acid reflux, or hypertension, the more profit opportunity there is.
Your lack of health, cultivated by Big Food and Big Agribusiness, represents a very substantial opportunity for Big Pharma. They need more overweight people with chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis.
So get out there and do your part to grow the economy: Eat more “healthy whole grains,” frequent your Big Box store selling cellophane-wrapped, ready-to-eat processed food, and see your doctor who is ready and able to prescribe all the drugs you will need. If you (or your employer) pay your healthcare insurance premiums, well, then, you bear the burden of costs, not to mention the burden of disease. If you are not diabetic, overweight, or unhealthy, well then, you simply are no use to Big Food, Agribusiness, or Big Pharma!