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Cost of Obesity to US Health Care System

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

A new study finds that obesity costs the US Health Care system $147 billion. Individuals who are obese spend 42 % more per year than normal weight individuals. The major health concerns and expenses associated with obesity are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Obesity has also been shown to impact the musculoskeletal system. The risk of osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis in the lower extremity increase as the BMI (body mass index) increases. CDC Director Thomas Frieden emphasized how critical it is to take the necessary steps to contain the financial, emotional and physical burden of obesity.

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