recent Learn It details how excess weight is associated with a broad body mass index (BMI) and higher health care costs for people. Zachary Ward of the Chan Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in Boston and colleagues observed that severely obese people are most affected because their additional medical expenses exceed $3,000 a year.
According to the US “Daily Mail” report, currently seven out of ten adults and three out of ten children in the United States are overweight or obese. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.It is estimated that the prevalence of obesity will rise, and half of American adults are expected to suffer obesity By 2030. It is predicted that by the age of 35, 60% of children today will suffer from obesity.
Obesity causes other Complications Examples include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, gout, stroke, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea. It is essential to accurately estimate the additional medical costs of overweight in order to assess the cost-effectiveness of policies and programs aimed at reversing the obesity epidemic.
In order to more accurately reflect BMI-related expenses, Ward and his colleagues analyzed the data of 175,726 people collected by the Medical Expenditure Group from 2011 to 2016 in the medical expenses survey.
The cost for adult women is higher and increases with age and the BMI of men and women. Among obese adults (BMI of 30 or higher), those aged 60 to 70 have the highest health care costs. The lowest cost is the BMI of 20.5 for women and 23.5 for men.
Obesity is associated with an increase in total cost per adult of $1,861 per year. Among children, obesity is related to an increase in the total cost per child by US$116 per year. In the United States, the annual additional cost of adult obesity totals $170 billion. Severe obesity is related to the annual excess cost per person of US$3,097.
They also found that in the United States, overweight and obesity lead to over 200 billion U.S. dollars or 600 U.S. dollars in excess medical care costs per person each year.
For boys and girls, the analysis shows that medical expenditures have increased significantly in only 99 monthsday Percentage of body mass index. Among children, childhood obesity costs more than US$100 per obese child, and medical expenses exceed US$1 billion. The health care expenditure for severely obese children will increase by US$300 per person per year.
“Although the cost of obesity in children accounts for relatively small medical expenses (less than 1% of all medical expenses related to obesity), given that childhood obesity is a strong predictor, preventing childhood obesity May help avoid future health care costs, the researchers wrote.
They concluded: “These findings highlight the importance of promoting healthy weight throughout the BMI distribution and provide policymakers and practitioners with more accurate estimates of the impact of overweight on health care costs by age, gender, and sustained BMI.”