Obesity Costs The Healthcare System More Than Smoking
Posted Sep 25 2013 7:00pm
Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, has commented on a 6 year study that has shown obesity is costing the healthcare system more than smoking.
The cost of smoking and obesity among more than 30,000 Mayo Clinic employees and retirees was measured between the years 2001 and 2007.
James P. Moriarty, MSc, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester analyzed the results and found that both obesity and smoking were associated with excess costs for health care, but compared to non-smokers, average health costs were $1,275 higher for smokers.
The costs for the obese members of the group were $1,850 more than for those of average weight. However, and most shocking the numbers for those with morbid obesity blasted up to $5,500/year.
Moriarty says, “This [information] may lead to underestimation of the true incremental costs, since obesity is a risk factor for developing chronic conditions.”
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang spoke to the issue, saying “smoking and obesity place a massive strain on the healthcare system. People need to find measure to keep themselves in check and lower costs, but for obvious health reasons, people also need to reduce health risk factors.”
The conclusive bottom line of the study provides new insights into long-term costs of obesity and smoking. The research shows that these two risk factors lead to persistently higher health costs throughout a seven-year follow-up period.
(SOURCE: “Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine”. The Effects of Incremental Costs of Smoking and Obesity on Health Care Costs Among Adults: A 7-Year Longitudinal Study, April 2012)