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Health and financial benefits of weight loss
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"Sustained modest weight loss among obese persons would yield substantial health and economic benefits," concludes Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H. Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. and his colleagues.
According to a model they developed, a 10 percent sustained weight loss for people with a body mass index of 28 to 38 will delay the onset of the a number of health problems including:
- Hypertension by 1.2 to 2.9 years.
- Hypercholesterolemia by 0.3 to 0.8 years.
- Type II diabetes by 0.5 to 1.7 years.
This amount of weight loss was also predicted to reduce the incidence of the following conditions.
- Coronary heart disease by 12 to 38 cases per thousand people.
- Stroke by 1 to 13 cases per thousand people.
The financial benefits of a ten percent sustained weight loss were calculated to be:
- A savings of $2,200 to $5,300 per person.
Oster G, Edelsberg J, Colditz G, Bird A, Thompson D. Health and economic benefits of weight loss among person who are obese. International Journal of Obesity, 1999 May, 23(5):S161(abstract 530).
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