New analysis indicates costs attributed to obesity are estimated to be $147 billion per year. Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: P…[Health Aff (Millwood). 2009] – PubMed Result In 1998 the medical costs of obesity were estimated to be $78.5 billion, approximately half financed by Medicare or Medicaid.National Medical Spending Attributable To Overweight And Obesity: How Much, And Who’s Paying? — Finkelstein et al., 10.1377/hlthaff.w3.219 — Health Affairs.
During this time, the proportion of health care expenditures for obese adults increased from 28.1% of total health expenditures to 35.3%.
The mean annual health care expenditure for obese adults increased from $3,458 in 2001 to $5,148 in 2006. AHRQ News and Numbers: Health Care Spending for Obese U.S. Adults Rose More Than 80 Percent From 2001 to 2006
Total health care costs attributable to obesity/overweight are projected to double every decade, accounting for 16-18% of total US health care costs. Will all Americans become overweight or obese? Will all Americans become overweight or obese? est…[Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008] – PubMed Result compared to about 9% at present.
Elevated BMI levels in children is associated with $14.1 billion in additional prescription drug, emergency room and outpatient visit costs annually, indicating that the economic consequences of childhood obesity are probably much greater than previously indicated. The Impact of Obesity on Health Service Utilizatio…[Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009] – PubMed Result.