Pattie Thomas in 'Psychology Today'
This seems like a good time to give a heads up on "I Take Up Space," a series of articles that Pattie Thomas (author of "Taking Up Space,") has been writing for Psychology Today's web site. Her newest article, "Stigma is BIG Business," focuses on Allergen and the lap band.
It's a great article, and it includes some interesting numbers:
What Allergan calls "obesity intervention products" are expected to bring in $220 to 240 million in NET sales. That is what they will make beyond the cost of production. This expansion is estimated to have created a new market of over 26 million Americans, quite a significant boost to their potential sales...
Going from 15 million potential customers to 41 million customers is a 173.33% increase in a market in which Allergan basically has a monopoly. In other words, our government handed over to Allergan an incredible increase in market with a simple vote.
Other recommended links:
on Living ~400 lbs, there's a post on a new study that's - big surprise - being negatively spun in the press. Guess what? When you take other risk factors into consideration, BMI is not strongly linked to heart disease risk - even for apple-shaped people. Of course, the press is interpreting that as "Body shape has no impact on heart disease risk! If you're fat and pear shaped, you're still doomed!! Bwahahahaha!"