By now most people know the adverse health consequences of obesity, but how many of us think about the direct and indirect costs?
The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are high. In 2008 dollars, these costs were estimated to be $147 billion. ($167 billion in 2017)
The annual nationwide productive costs of obesity obesity-related absenteeism range between $3.38 billion ($79 per obese individual) and $6.38 billion ($132 per obese individual). Source: CDC
We are our own worst enemy – (and a single payer system is not going to change much of that unless we accept major changes in the delivery of care – changes like in the UK where obese people are denied certain types of surgery because there is no positive cost/benefit).
Categories: Observations on life