Preventable Cost of Obesity

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less can help your employees decrease their risk and costs associated with obesity.

 

Obesity and Obesity-related Conditions

Obesity is linked to the leading causes of preventable death1.

Obesity puts an individual at risk for developing2:

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Obesity and Diabetes

New cases of diabetes have increased over the past several years.

The average medical costs for a person in the United States with diabetes is $7,888 more per year compared to a person without diabetes3,4 .

 

Obesity Increases Medical Costs

Obesity and it’s associated preventable conditions cost the United States billions of dollars each year5,6

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Obesity Increases Employer Costs

Obesity is associated with job absenteeism, costing approximately $4.3 billion in the United States annually7

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Resources:

1. Obesity and overweight fact sheet. World Health Organization www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en Updated June 2016.

2. Overweight and Obesity. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe Updated February 23, 2017.

3. Statistics about Diabetes. American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics Updated July 19, 2017.

4. American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care 2013 April; 36: 1033-1046. care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/03/05/dc12-2625.

5. Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, Dietz W. Annual Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity: Payer-and Service-Specific Estimates. Health Affairs, 28(5): w822-831, 2009. www.healthaffairs.org/doi/pdf/10.1377/hlthaff.28.5.w822.

6. Arterburn DE, Maciejewski ML, Tsevat J. Impact of morbid obesity on medical expenditures in adults. Int J Obes, 29(3): 334-339, 2005. www.nature.com/articles/0802896.pdf.

7. Cawley J, Rizzo JA, Haas K. Occupation-specific Absenteeism Costs Associated with Obesity and Morbid Obesity. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 49(12):1317-24, 2007. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18231079.