According to this study,
Much of the costs to Medicare are a result of the added prescription drug benefit. The results reveal that Medicare prescription drug payments for obese individuals are roughly $600 more per year than drug payments for normal weight beneficiaries.
The researchers also found that 8.5 percent of Medicare expenditures, 11.8 percent of Medicaid expenditures, and 12.9 percent of private payer expenditures are attributable to obesity.
According to lead author Dr. Eric Finkelstein, “the medical costs attributable to obesity are almost entirely a result of costs generated from treating the diseases that obesity promotes“.
Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease….
“Obesity will continue to impose a significant burden on the health care system as long as the prevalence of obesity remains high.”
This study was presented earlier today at the “Weight of the Nation” conference, a three-day meeting of public health experts, policy leaders, and researchers being held in Washington, D.C.
The CDC will discuss the study findings along with new recommendations designed to prevent and reduce the impact obesity has upon communities at the “Weight of the Nation” conference, a three-day meeting of public health experts, policy leaders, and researchers being held today in Washington, D.C.
But, let’s not wait for the CDC discussion….
How can America reduce the $147 billion spent each year “treating the diseases that obesity promotes”?
Any other suggestions welcome.
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