If you want less Wealth, tax it. If you want less obesity…

We can call the “Fat Tax.”

Obesity costs U.S. health system $147 billion: Study

CHICAGO (Reuters)—Obesity-related diseases account for nearly 10% of all U.S. medical spending or an estimated $147 billion a year, researchers said Monday.

They said U.S. obesity rates rose 37% between 1998 and 2006, driving an 89% increase in spending on treatments for obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other conditions.

Obese people spent an extra $1,429 per year or 42% more for medical care in 2006 than did normal weight people, with most of that spent on prescription drugs, the researchers said.

The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, was released at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, where the CDC issued 24 new recommendations on how communities can fight back.

Given that the obese cost all of us more money, they should pay MORE for health care. This could be accomplished by higher premiums (like smokers pay for life insurance), or, if tax payer funded single payer is your idea of a health care fix, a “Fat Tax.” You pay more for every pound you are over weight, and if you lose weight, your taxes go down.

Laugh all you want. It’s economically and morally sound, unlike the current plans working their way through Congress.