Medical Cost of Obesity Soars

Healthcare dollars

Healthcare dollars

A report released last week found that obese individuals in the U.S. spend an extra $1,429 yearly on healthcare compared to normal-weight people.  Furthermore, total U.S. cost of treating obesity-related conditions was $147 billion in 2008.

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Are you obese and fed up with the extra expense?  Are you already suffering from overweight-related medical conditions?  If so, read my document on how to prepare for weight loss, then get started soon. 

Well-begun is half done.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Author of The Advanced Mediterranean Diet

Reference:  Finkelstein, E.A., et al.  Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: Payer and service-specific estimatesHealth Affairs, 28 (2009): w822-w831.

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