“The debate over healthcare costs often deals with systemic matters—redundant administration, competition for expensive high-tech diagnostic devices, fees for quantity of services rather than quality of care, unnecessary procedures, excessive drug prescriptions and so on. Often missing from the healthcare debate is a fundamental issue: health. F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, demonstrates why it is crucial not only for the health of individuals, but for the health of the economy and the nation, for Americans to slow the obesity epidemic. If obesity rates continue on their current trajectories … 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60% by 2030, 39 states could have rates above 50%, and all 50 states could have rates above 44%. … Obesity already has passed smoking as the nation's leading driver of disease and attendant healthcare costs. Education and … policy can make a difference. … As federal law makes health insurance available to more Americans, it also should make preventive care an even higher priority.”
—The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.