Come out from under your rock now; childhood obesity is at epidemic proportions and a major public health concern. If you were worried about insurance rates before, just stick around until these kids grow up and watch the rise in insurance rates as the result of an epidemic in obesity-related diseases.
Switzerland slid past the U.S. to first place in the 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report, a biannual report published by the World Economic Forum. There are many elements that contribute to a country's competitiveness, but the Forum puts a lot of emphasis, as it should, on innovation capacity. If innovation capacity were the only factor, the U.S. probably would not make it to the top 20.