Costs Of Obesity

Morbidly Obese Pay Almost Twice As Much For Health Care

Health costs for the morbidly obese were 81 percent higher than normal-weight adults, 65 percent more than overweight adults, and 47 percent more than obese adults in the year 2000.

Extra expenses were due to more:

  • visits to the doctor
  • outpatient hospital care
  • inpatient care
  • prescription drugs

Morbid obesity is generally defined as being more than 100 pounds overweight. The financial burden of morbid obesity is substantial.

Almost 5 million adults in the United States are morbidly obese. $56 billion in health care expenditures in the United States are related to excess body weight.

Morbid obesity is increasing twice as fast as obesity. This means the fat are getting fatter.

Another definition of morbid obesity is BMI over 40. Obesity is defined as BMI over 30.

Morbid obesity leads to a substantially increased risk of sickness and death from chronic health conditions…

  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer

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