Infographic: Food, Mortality and Healthcare Costs
A visual depiction of the connections between food, health and government spending
By Adam Zoltowski
Issue 4 Summer 2010
With the current state of health care in the United States, it’s imperitive that we re-frame how we think about health and physical wellbeing. Too often, we associate health with the quality of available care, insurance plans and the current debate on capitol hill. What too many Americans don’t consider, is how food and diet can adversely affect their health. Jamie Oliver, world renown chef, recently won the TED 2010 prize and has a program on ABC about redesigning school lunches in the countries most obese town, Huntington West Virginia. This is shedding a new, bright spotlight on food and how it affects our health. The infographic below aims to illustrate some of the worst foods you can eat and how they affect our bodies. This is contrasted with mortality rates and healthcare costs in the United States.