This is the table that accompanies the weekly economic review article at Global Economic Intersection: Budget Balancing: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose:
The health care cost of obesity is significant and obesity has become an epidemic in much of the developed world, with the U.S. leading the way. In the US, health reform has been debated in the process leading up to the passage of the Patient Protection and Afforable Health Care Act in 2010. But an expensive contributor to health care costs gets little attention: overweight and obese people. Two easy numbers to remember:
Two-thirds of Americans are overweight;
One-third are obese.
Beyond the US, there is a global obesity epidemic. And in the least developed nations, the number of obese children now exceeds the number underfed.
The attempt to levy a settlement that can not be paid on Iceland is reminiscent of the settlements post World War I which paved the way for world chaos a generation later.
Can Germany really hang in there to carry the rest of the EU?
Every country is attempting to gain a larger share of weak global demand, or at least to protect its share against predatory tactics elsewhere. Countries that can intervene in their currencies will do so,