Obesity Is A Major Part Of Today’s Health Care Spending
Earlier this week Health Affairs released the findings of its study on the cost of obesity. Although many of us have been aware of the rising cost of obesity related illnesses, it is still shocking to see that (according to this study) the medical spending on obesity-related conditions is around $147 billion dollars annually as of 2008. This account for almost ten percent of all medical spending in the country. This is further proof that the cost of obesity is not just in the value of lives, but is a hugely significant financial burden as well.
The numbers are further proof that obese individuals should not let the up front costs of beginning a serious weight loss program, with or without a surgical aspect, dictate their decision to begin a weight loss program. The figures will quickly add up in terms of all the medical bills over time when compared to the cost of the tools one may need to maintain a healthy weight and live a healthier and more fulfilling life.