The Lifetime Medical Cost Burden of Overweight and Obesity: Implications for Obesity Prevention

Finkelstein, Eric A.; Trogdon, Justin G.; Brown, Derek S.; Allaire, Benjamin T.; Dellea, Pam S.; Kamal-Bahl, Sachin J.
August 2008
Obesity (19307381);Aug2008, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p1843
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study which quantifies age-specific and lifetime medical costs for overweight and obese adults separately by race/gender strata in the U.S. It notes that the results were used to demonstrate why private sector companies are likely to underinvest in obesity prevention efforts. It cites that Medicare has a greater incentive to prevent obesity because when a 65 year old obese individual enters the wellness program, his or her costs are immediate and higher than costs for normal weight people.


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