OBESITY CONTROL IN THE US – OVER $190 BILLION SPENT ANNUALLY!
- December 26, 2014
Obesity as a lifestyle disease is too big to be ignored. In the United States alone, $ 190 Billion were spent on obesity related health-care expenses annually, starting from 2005. The number has increased tremendously since and shows no signs of reducing. (Read thisarticle from Harvard School of Public Health on the Economic Costs of Obesity)
India too, is catching up to the US and as our middle-class becomes more affluent, obesity as a lifestyle disease will make itself more evident among the white-collar employees who are in their mid 20s to mid 40s.
There are direct costs (medical expenses for curing obesity) and indirect costs (insurance, value of work lost) associated with obesity which is causing this huge figure to rise year on year.
The best known way to tackle this is to resort to preventive, rather than curative measures. This requires people at risk with high BMIs to watch their weight and diet properly. The focus should be on reaching an optimal level of health and staying there to ensure great overall quality of life.
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