The Cost of Being Overweight

September 21, 2010

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Reported by CNN in February, 2010, the first lady, Michelle Obama spoke about the increasing costs the United States spends on treating obesity related issues and the economic effect. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2009 stating “obese patients spent an average of $1,429 more for their medical care than did people within a normal weight range.” This figure had me thinking, being overweight is not only costly to our health, but costly to our wallets as well. With a nearly 42% higher health bill, obese and overweight people are hurting themselves financially. Obesity is often co-morbid, or co-occurring, with many other health issues, such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. It is not surprising that “America spends as much as $147 billion annually on the direct and indirect costs of obesity.” By lowering weight to a healthy level, patients can reduce other risks for diseases. Fewer diseases can mean spending less cash at doctor visits, possible surgeries, and costly medications. Embarking on a weight loss program by embracing better eating habits and increasing exercise could lead to lower health insurance bills, fewer trips to the doctors, and ultimately a happier, healthier life!

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It's not just the United States that is suffering, though we are one of the worst.  I was reading an article on the <a href=””>cost of obesity</a> in Australia, and obesity costs them $11 billion per year.  Not as bad as the $147 billion, but not good.

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