Thursday, June 28, 2012

Exercise - Good / Spending - Bad

It dawned on me that there is a strong correlation between the obesity epidemic in the USA and the financial crisis most people find themselves. I created this diagram to illustrate what I've seen.

The variables are Calories and Money, so Calories Taken In (eaten) equals Money Spent and Calories Burned/Exercise equals Income. Where if Calories Eaten are greater than Calories Burned then Obesity. If Expenses (money spent) is greater than Income then Financially Broke. If Exercise is greater than Calories in then Fitness, and if money spent is less than money earned then Financial freedom.

I noticed this the other day, and take a moment to investigate this yourself. In most strip malls, what is there among all the vacate store fronts. Grocery stores and restaurants dominate. Smattering of nail and hair places. People are spending enough money to support calorie intake. I looked up some stats the other day. Fifty percent of adults eat out 3 times a week. A third of calories comes from restaurants, 66% of Americans are overweight, the average American family spends $833 per month eating out ($10,000 per year). But they don't have enough money to allocate to retirement plans or savings.

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