More on Costs of Obesity

October 4th, 2010 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Eric Finkelstein and colleagues have published new data adding to the considerable literature about the economic costs of obesity. Using the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the National Health and Wellness survey, they estimated per capita medical expenditures and the value of lost productivity, including absenteeism and presenteeism. For men, the estimates  of excess costs ranged from under $322 for overweight men to $6, 087 for those with grade III (severe) obesity. For women, estimates of excess costs ranged from $979 for overweight women to $6,694 for those with grade III obesity. The aggregated annual costs attributable to obesity among full-time employees is $73.1 billion. Individuals with a body mass index of 35 or greater represented 37% of the obese population but 61% of excess costs. See The Costs of Obesity in the Workplace. [J Occup Environ Med. 2010] РPubMed result