Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Obesity accounts for 10 pct of health spending ($147 bil)

Obesity accounts for 10 pct of health spending ($147 bil)One reason health care costs may be skyrocketing is because people in the US are getting fatter. Obesity-related diseases cost the US $147 billion per year now, or 10 percent of all US medical spending. (Canada.com) It was just 6.5 percent 10 years ago.

About 26 percent of Americans are obese now.

The Urban Institute recently suggested borrowing "policy strategies from the Tobacco Wars",
like taxing fattening foods, to bring down obesity.

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