America is a 3rd world country when it comes to health and fitness. Just as in Sweden, I am blown away by the high fitness level of tge average person on the street in Austrslia. USA does not invest in recreational and exercise facilities for the public. In Australia it seems like every block is another public lap pool with fitness center. Beautiful and manicured parks everywhere for walking and sports. Get this too, FREE bathrooms on most corners – the nice self cleaning kind. You can actually stay properly hydrated without worrying about where to pee.
Making it easy for the population to keep fit is an excellent way to cut the nations medical costs and boost productivity. Why is it that in America we cant find money to water grass in parks, keep pools open, install bike lanes, or fund afterschool sports programs but have no trouble spending billions on obesity related healthcare costs?
Infortunately its the allmighty dollar. Big pharma keeps politicians from both sides of the aisle in their hip pocket with generous campaign contributions and a well funded lobbiest arm to weild their might. Unhealthy, obese people are a profit goldmine.