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Sunday, December 18, 2011

MEDICAL COSTS OF OBESITY

Medical costs associated with obesity were as high as $147 billion per year in the US as of 2008

Medical costs associated with obesity were as high as $147 billion per year in the US as of 2008 according to a recent analysis.

This is up from an estimated $78.5 billion in 1998, "with roughly half financed by Medicare and Medicaid" the paper notes.

"We found that the increased prevalence of obesity is responsible for almost $40 billion of increased medical spending through 2006, including $7 billion in Medicare prescription drug costs." Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Dec 18, 2011 7:50 pm | [0] comments

Monday, September 08, 2008

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Cost of weight loss surgery recouped in 2-4 years in lower medical costs; $500-$900 saved per month

The cost of bariatric surgery for morbidly obese patients, that is those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more and a cost which ranged from approximately $17,000 to $26,000, was recouped in 2 to 4 years in reduced medical costs according to a new study.

A year-and-a-half after surgery, those who underwent open surgery had medical savings of $500 per month.

Slightly more than a year after surgery (13 months later), those who underwent laparoscopic surgery had medical savings of $900 per month.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 4:40 am | [0] comments

Monday, August 25, 2008

MEDICAL EXPENSES

Medical expenses in those with diabetes, dyslipidemia or hypertension 30-60% higher in obese people

Annual medical expenses of obese people with diabetes, dyslipidemia (elevated LDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides or low HDL cholesterol), or hypertension are 30-60 percent higher than normal weight people with these conditions according to a paper from the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 11:34 am | [0] comments

LOST DAYS OF WORK

Obese people with diabetes, dyslipidemia or hypertension lost 2-6 more work days than non-obese

Obese people with diabetes, dyslipidemia (elevated LDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides or low HDL cholesterol), or hypertension missed 2-6 more days of work than normal weight people with these conditions, and 5-9 more days of work than normal weight people without these conditions according to a paper from the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 11:29 am | [0] comments

Friday, August 22, 2008

MEDICAL COSTS

Medical costs for workers: $59,178 for extremely obese workers vs $5,396 for normal weight

For every 100 full time employees, extremely obese workers (BMI 40 or more) had medical costs of of $59,178 that were paid by their employer versus $5,396 for normal weight workers according to a study from Duke University. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 6:34 am | [0] comments

Friday, January 04, 2008

COST OF OBESITY

Obese people in the US spend 36% more on healthcare, 77% more on drugs

Obese people in the U.S. spend 36 percent more on healthcare and 77 percent more on drugs according to the Foresight report on Tackling Obesity put out by Foresight, a division within the UK's Government Office for Science. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 7:59 am | [0] comments

Monday, August 06, 2007

DIABETES

Weight loss of 1% for type 2 diabetics reduces health care costs by $256 per year

In type 2 diabetics, a weight loss of one percent of body weight reduced total health care costs by an average of 3.6 percent or $256 per year and diabetes-related costs by 5.8 percent or $131 per year. This according to a study of data from a health maintenance organization (HMO) for the period from July 1, 1997 through October 31, 2005. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 06, 2007 2:10 am | [0] comments

Thursday, March 15, 2007

COST OF OBESITY

Obesity-related medical expenses in U.S. are $75 billion per year

Medical expenses in the U.S. attributed to obesity are estimated to be $75 billion per year in 2003 dollars. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Mar 15, 2007 2:29 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

COST OF OBESITY

Obese females with BMI of 35 or more cost employers $2485 per year more than normal weight females

Medical costs and missing work associated with being overweight and obese range from $175 per year for overweight males to $2485 for obese females with a BMI of 35 or more according to a new study from RTI International Health, Social and Economics Research in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 27, 2005 10:11 am | [0] comments

Thursday, June 09, 2005

HEALTH CARE COSTS

Health care costs 25% to 100% greater for people who are obese

Health care costs are about 25 percent greater for someone who is moderately obese, that is have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 35, compared to someone who is normal weight; about 50 percent greater for someone with severe obesity, that is having a BMI of 35 to 40; and 100 percent greater -- that is twice as great -- for someone with extreme obesity with a BMI greater than 40 according to paper from the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 09, 2005 3:40 am | [0] comments

Thursday, February 10, 2005

HEALTHCARE COSTS OF OBESITY

Healthcare costs of morbidly obese adults 81% greater than normal-weight adults

The healthcare costs for morbidly obese adults in the U.S., that is those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, are 81 percent greater than normal-weight adults (BMI 18.5-24.9), 65 percent greater than overweight adults (BMI 25-29.9), and 47 percent greater than adults with class I obesity (BMI 30-34.9) according to a new study from the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Feb 10, 2005 1:40 pm | [0] comments

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Obesity responsible for one-forth of the risk in health care costs from 1987 to 2001

Obesity accounts for more than one-quarter of the increase in health care costs from 1987 to 2001 according to a new study by Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 04, 2004 9:52 pm | [0] comments

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

People who gain 20 lbs or more increase health care costs by $154 per year

People who gain 20 pounds or more during a three year period increase their health care costs by an average of $154 per year compared to people who maintained their weight according to a study from researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 17, 2004 2:43 pm | [0] comments

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Childhood obesity: 60% have one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, 25% have two or more

"[A]pproximately 60 percent of obese children aged 5 to 10 years had at least one cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor--such as elevated total cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, or blood pressure--and 25 percent had two or more risk CVD risk factors" according to a report on Childhood Obesity from the Institute of Medicine published September 30, 2004. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 27, 2004 6:57 am | [0] comments

Childhood obesity: The causes

The causes of childhood obesity include city designs that discourage walking, family pressure to minimize food costs which results in the consumption of high fat, high calorie convenience foods, reduced access to fruit and vegetables, decreased opportunity for physical activity, and reduced leisure time for physical activity due to television watching and video games according to a report on Childhood Obesity from the Institute of Medicine published September 30, 2004. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 27, 2004 6:55 am | [0] comments

Childhood obesity: Health care costs for children have tripled in the last 20 years

"Obesity-associated annual hospital costs for children and youth more than tripled over two decades, rising from $35 million in 1979-1981 to $127 million in 1997-1999" according to a report on Childhood Obesity from the Institute of Medicine published September 30, 2004. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 27, 2004 6:53 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Increases in obesity account for 27% of the growth in health spending per capita

Increases in obesity account for 27 percent of the growth in health care spending per capita from 1987 to 2001, 22 percent of the increased spending for hyperlipidemia, 38 percent of the increased spending for diabetes, and 41 percent of the increased spending for heart disease according to a new analysis. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 26, 2004 6:04 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Costs: U.S. medical costs associated with obesity estimated to be $75 billion per year

Medical costs in the U.S. associated with obesity were estimated to be $75 billion per year as of 2003 according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Aug 10, 2004 3:13 am | [0] comments

Monday, July 19, 2004

What is the cost of lack of physical activity in the U.S.?

The direct costs of lack of physical activity, defined conservatively as absence of leisure-time physical activity, are approximately $24 billion or 2.4% of the U.S. health care expenditures according to a recent paper (Colditz, 1999). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 4:01 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of lost productivity related to obesity in the U.S.?

The cost of lost productivity related to obesity among Americans ages 17???64 is $3.9 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:53 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of cancer related to obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

$7.3 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:50 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of gallbladder disease related to obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

$3.4 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:48 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of hypertension related to obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

$4.1 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This is 17 percent of the total cost of hypertension. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:42 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of osteoarthritis related to obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

$21.2 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:36 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of type 2 diabetes related to obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

As of 2001, the total cost was $98 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:33 pm | [0] comments

What is the cost of heart disease related to obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

$8.8 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:30 pm | [0] comments

$117 billion according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

What is the cost of obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 3:26 pm | [0] comments
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