NutriStrategy Summary of Economic Costs of Obesity and Overweight
Costs of obesity and overweight
Adult obesity rates rose in 28 states, according to a 2013 study. More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25%. The most obese states, with rates above 30%, are Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arkansas. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.
The economic impact of obesity and overweight population in terms of illness, diseases and lost productivity is significant. Overweight and obesity costs total $147 billion in the United States. Direct costs include the cost of physicians and other professionals, hospital and nursing home services, the cost of medications, home health care and other medical durables. Indirect costs include lost productivity that results from illness and death.
Over two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese (Body Mass Index > 25):
Over one-third of adults age 20 and older are obese (BMI >30):
Less than one-third of adults age 20 and older are at a healthy weight (BMI > 18.5 and < 25):
Economic Costs of Obesity: As rates of overweight and obesity increase, there is a corresponding increase in health care costs. Based on 2008 data, average health care costs for obese people are 42% higher than normal weight people.
Cost of obesity by insurance status for each obese beneficiary:
Cost of obesity by the type of service provided:
Sources include: National Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, American Heart Association, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
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