A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States – George Washington University School of Public Health – 21 September 2010

Posted on September 23, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

First-Ever Report on the Individual Cost of Obesity Unveiled – extract from this press release:

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A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States – George Washington University School of Public Health – 21 September 2010  full text (pdf) of the report

“WASHINGTON – The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy today released a report that, for the first time, calculated the startlingly high individual costs of obesity to Americans.  The report, “A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States,” authored by Avi Dor, Professor and Director of Health Economics Program at The George Washington University, and colleagues used a series of measures including indirect costs, lost productivity, and direct costs, such as obesity-related medical expenditures, to estimate the price tag of obesity at the individual level.

The authors concluded that the individual cost of being obese is $4,879 and $2,646 for women and men respectively, and adding the value of lost life to these annual costs produces even more dramatic results: $8,365 and $6,518 annually for women and men, respectively. The analysis demonstrates costs are nine times higher for women and six times higher for men who are obese, which is defined as an individual with a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30, than for an overweight person, which is defined as someone with a BMI between 25-29.  The findings also reveal a significant difference between the impact of obesity on men and women when it comes to job-related costs, including lost wages, absenteeism and disability.”

…continues on the press release site

The report was made possible by a donation provided by Allergan, Inc., as part of its C.H.O.I.C.E. (Choosing Health over Obesity Inspiring Change through Empowerment) Campaign.

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