Are your clients concerned about high obesity-related costs?
Here are some recent facts about obesity in this country:
- More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s obesity cost calculator estimates obesity-related costs for organizations based on data they enter. (Obesity-related costs include medical expenses and the dollar value of increased absenteeism resulting from obesity.)