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Costs: U.S. medical costs associated with obesity estimated to be $75 billion per year
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 3:13 am Email this article
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.
Approximately one-half of these costs are financed by Medicare and Medicaid.
Finkelstein E, Fiebelkorn I, Wang G. State-level estimates of annual medical expenditures attributable to obesity. Obes Res. 2004 Jan, 12(1):18-24.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Division of Health Economics Research
Research Triangle Park
North Carolina and Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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