Globally, 1.8 billion people were obese or overweight in 2007, and the number of obese and overweight people now exceeds the amount of those who are underfed, the report said.
"At the same time, companies are capitalizing on the trend toward better health and weight management," the analysts said in the 188-page report titled, "Obesity and Investment Implications."
Nike Inc, General Mills Inc, Danone, Kellogg, supermarket operator Safeway, palm oil manufacturer Kuala Lumpur Kepong, CVS, Under Armour, Lululemon Athletica, Life Time Fitness, and Dick's Sporting Goods are all companies marketing items promoted to help with weight loss (and we all know how successful the use of those items is). Yep, take advantage of consumers scared to death that they're gonna die of TEH FATZ so you can make millions more dollars of profit. If you're a food company, take out sugar and fat, pile on the carbs, and charge us more for it because it's a diet food. Sorry, I'm not buying, I'm smarter than that. If you're selling exercise equipment/clothing, well, I might buy some equipment, if it's something I like to do (like riding my recumbent exercise bike) but exercise hasn't been proved to guarantee weight loss.
The report estimates that revenue related to obesity products in the consumer staples sector, which includes food and beverage companies, will grow 9.3 percent annually on average from 2008-2012, reaching $1.4 trillion.(emphasis mine)
I'm all for companies making a profit, but that kind of growth, with the economic situation a lot of people are in right now is just evil. Especially when they add this little bit of bullshit:
The 15 firms were selected based on the effectiveness of their products in either preventing or treating obesity and its related diseases.
Effectiveness!!!???!?!!? WTF? Where are these assholes living? The only effective thing about any of these products is their advertising ability to scare the shit out of people and push them into buying something, anything that may help them lose weight because said people are so desperate to "fit in" and be "healthy". I don't give a shit what anyone says, NONE of the garbage marketed by any of these companies will make a naturally fat person permanently thin. And if you believe their marketing, I have a bridge for sale.
By contrast, revenue in the healthcare sector related to obesity treatments and preventative care is expected to reach only $73 billion by 2012, averaging 7.1 percent annual growth.(emphasis mine)
Allergan, which manufactures a gastric band involved in gastric-bypass surgery, disease management company Healthways, and Merck and Novo Nordisk, both major manufacturers of diabetes treatments.
You could probably add to the list any pharmaceutical company that is working on any kind of diet pill or that is already marketing any kind of diet pill. And we all know how safe and effective those have proved to be (can we say phen-fen?).
I repeat, NONE of this is about improving the health of fat people. It's all about promoting fear and hysteria so fat people will put their money in the pockets of these greedy corporations who don't give a shit about anything but their bottom line. If they really cared about the health of fat people, they wouldn't rush weight loss drugs to market before finding out exactly what all the side effects really are. If they really cared about the health of fat people, they wouldn't be pushing gastric mutilation with a myriad of horrible complications that are far worse and more fatal than staying fat. This kind of shit just proves to me that the old saying is true: "The love of money is the root of all evil."