Obesity affects us all. Not only does it affect one's health and
lifestyle but it is also affecting our cost of living. The most
recent research has shown that over 68% of the American population
is overweight. Of that number 33% of all adults are obese and 17%
of children aged 2-19 years (NHANES).
Morbid obesity brings with it an increased risk for a shorter
life expectancy. As your weight increases your risk increases.
According the ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery) and individual who is twice their ideal body weight has a
risk of an early death twice that of a non-obese individual.
The health consequences of obesity are significant. And these
medical conditions associated with obesity increase the risk for
early death: risk of early death from diabetes or heart attack with
the presence of obesity is 5-7 times greater. Some of the medical
conditions associated with obesity:
The medical costs associated with obesity are on the rise and
starting to affect our insurance rates. In 2008 the cost of medical
conditions associated with obesity was $147 billion. The average
third party payer averaged $1429 higher costs with obese
individuals than non-obese (Health Affairs, Sept 2009).
Consequences of Severe Obesity
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