75% of current healthcare costs relate to treatment of chronic conditions associated with excess weight.
Workplace health programs focused on reducing cholesterol have shown payoffs greater than 300%.
But there is a stigma for some in the healthcare profession in directly confronting patients about weight issues. If you believe the patient won't use diet and exercise to address the issue, in the interest of their health the doctor will prescribe a lifetime of pharmaceuticals to mitigate the problem.
I'm sure we've all know co-workers who'll take their cholesterol and other medication before they head to the McDonalds drive through.