The  Institute of Medicine released data this week  showing that  116 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain and results in healthcare and economic costs of $560 billion to $635 billion a year.

According to the study, there is a correlation between obesity-related conditions and the small percentage of very sick patients racking up big medical bills. Nearly half of all patients in the top 5 percent of spending had hypertension, buy ventolin from spain one-third had lipid disorders (high cholesterol), and more than one-quarter had diabetes.

This reflects the  reasoning of major insurance companies now to institute fitness plans with incentives by cutting premiums for those that participate. This very sound planning does have some people jumping on the bandwagon (if not the treadmill!)