• How do we rate the quality of the US health care system? [FAQ]

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    • All the metrics for comparing health care systems are heavily impacted by obesity. America has a fast and effective health care system, but it does not prevent obesity. If all overweight Americans lost 10% or 20% of their weight, it would make a huge impact on mortality, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, musculo-skeletal problems.

      There would be substantial savings in pills for hypertension, gout, cholesterol, and stomach acid, injections for diabetes, and inhalers for asthma. Many fewer stress tests and related cardio testing would be required.

      Attacking weight would attack all the negative metrics, including costs.