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People who gain 20 lbs or more increase health care costs by $154 per year
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 2:43 pm Email this article
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. 5-19 lbs weight gain did not increase costs
People who gained 5 to 19 pounds did not show an increase in health care costs.
Subjects: 15,174 overweight men and women, 35-65-years-old
The study looked at 15,174 men and women who were members of Kaiser Permanente, ages 35- to 65-years-old, with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 (overweight) at the beginning of the study.
Elmer P, Brown J, Nichols G, Oster G. Effects of weight gain on medical care costs. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Nov, 28(11):1365-73.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Center for Health Research
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Portland, OR 97227-1110, USA
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