In 2008, overall medical care costs related to obesity for U.S. adults were estimated to be as high as $147 billion. People who were obese had medical costs that were $1,429 higher than the cost for people of normal body weight. Obesity also has been linked with reduced worker productivity and chronic absence from work.
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Marjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Judith Salerno, Gerontology, answered
Estimates of the cost of the obesity epidemic are likely too low. Watch the video to learn what Dr. Judy Salerno, executive officer of the Institute of Medicine, feels is one way society can save money on obesity-related costs.
Anthony Cirillo, Gerontology, answeredIn the U.S., the health care cost in dollars of obesity is equivalent to 1% of the country's total gross domestic product. These costs could rise two- or threefold over the coming years. If the rate of obesity rises as predicted, and 75% of Americans are obese or overweight by 2020, obesity and overweight-related health care costs would rise 70 percent by 2015 and could be 2.4 times higher than the current level in 2025.