Monday, July 27, 2009

This Chair is Medicare

Obese Americans (those who are 30 or more pounds overweight) cost the country an estimated $147 billion in weight-related medical bills in 2008, a new study shows, according to the USA Today this morning. That's double what it was just a decade ago, apparently.

The total cost of treating obesity has increased dramatically because more people are obese, according to lead researcher Eric Finkelstein, a health economist with RTI International, a non-profit think tank in Raleigh, N.C. About 34% of adults — more than 72 million — in the USA were obese in 2006, up from 23% in 1994, according to government data.

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