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Childhood obesity: Health care costs for children have tripled in the last 20 years
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 6:53 am Email this article
"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.
“After adjusting for inflation and converting to 2004 dollars, the national healthcare expenditures related to obesity and overweight in adults alone range from $98 billion to $129 billion annually.”
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Preventing childhood obesity: Health in the balance. Institute of Medicine. 2004 Sep 30, 482 pages.
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