National Medical Spending Attributable To Overweight And Obesity: How Much, And Who's Paying?

Finkelstein, Eric A.; Fiebelkorn, Ian C.; Wang, Guijing
January 2003
Health Affairs;2003 Supplement, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p219
Academic Journal
We use a regression framework and nationally representative data to compute aggregate overweight- and obesity-attributable medical spending for the United States and for select payers. Combined, such expenditures accounted for 9.1 percent of total annual U.S. medical expenditures in 1998 and may have been as high as $78.5 billion ($92.6 billion in 2002 dollars). Medicare and Medicaid finance approximately half of these costs.


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