From a financial point of view, cutting the obesity rate also makes sense. According to the CDC, obesity-related medical costs hit $147 billion in the US in 2008, with over weight people running up $1,429 more in medical expenses during the year than more fit Americans.
American businesses have taken notice: Last year, Wal-Mart (WMT) joined the Let's Move! campaign, rolling out a five-year plan to make its food healthier and cheaper. Many other such as Walgreen (WAG), have also signed on. Two Stocks That Will Profit From Thinner Waistlines There are a number of ways investors can cash in on the trend toward healthier eating.