gross-cheseburgerAccording to a recent study published by the American Journal of Public Health, health insurers are among the top investors in major fast food chains. Ironically, these companies invest nearly 2 billion dollars per year in companies closely linked with heart and vasculary diseases.

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“The insurance industry, so far as it seeks to make a profit, it does so in an amoral way,” Boyd said.

“There’s a ton of irony in it,” said Boyd, a psychiatry professor. “In order to generate profits, they will invest in any area they need to … to make money, even if what they invest in, in this case fast food, is an industry that is known to cause people to get sick and to die early.”