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Increases in obesity account for 27% of the growth in health spending per capita
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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.
Thorpe K, Florence C, Howard D, Joski P. Trends: the impact of obesity on rising medical spending. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 10 20.
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Rollins School of Public Health
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