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September 21, 2010

An estimate plus a guess plus output from a model plus an expert opinion gets you a big headline.  Yay.

Obesity’s yearly costs: $4,879 for a woman, $2,646 for a man (USA Today)

So, if I lose weight, I’ll have almost $5000 more disposable income each year?  As if.

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  1. Scott Down permalink
    September 29, 2010 9:16 am

    No… Because most of those costs are externalities.

    Let’s say that it saves you a few hundred bucks a year to not be obese. It saves everyone else $4500ish/30M people (on average. I imagine that there is a… ahem… weighted gradient so that the people closer to you would save more).

    You’re right to question it – I don’t really believe that we should be allowed to use macroeconomics in this way. But I suppose that’s what the conclusion is getting at.

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