Nearly everybody in society is conscious of their weight at one time or another. For some, it is a daily struggle that is dealt with for weeks, months, years and even decades. This translates into a great deal of time and energy dedicated to one's appearance and health. Issues about weight are commonly presented in the press using newspapers, television, radio and the internet.
Heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease includes heart attack, heart failure, and angina (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart). Coronary heart disease – direct cost: $8.8 billion (17% of the total cost of heart disease, independent of stroke).