Chapter 7: Weighing the Costs

Ford, Jean
February 2005
Overloaded Body: Diseases & Disabilities Caused by Weight Proble;2005, p91
This article discusses medical costs incurred by overweight individuals. A study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that U.S. obesity-attributable medical costs reached $75 billion in 2003 and taxpayers footed almost half these costs through Medicare and Medicaid. But direct medical expenses are by no means the only monetary repercussions of overweight and obesity. For example, think about the costs to companies when employees must take off time because of weight-related ailments. The company not only loses the money it pays to the employee while she is on sick leave. There is also the cost of lost productivity.


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