Losing More Weight Can Save More Money

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore have estimated that by losing weight how much money an obese adult can save. Their outcome states that you can save more money by losing more weight.

According to their calculation a healthy U.S. person who is obese can lead to cost society tens of thousands of dollars in medical treatment and lost pays. Researchers estimated this outcome through a computer model and they found, for example, that a 55-year-old with normal cholesterol levels and blood pressure can wind up costing society more than $36,000.

Dr. Bruce Lee, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said that obesity can increase the risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers so; it ultimately increases people’s health insurance premiums.

Lee’s team suggested that weight loss could save the money.

Lee says, “There are no overnight solutions.” “It takes long-term changes in diet and physical activity. And for some people, medication or surgery is appropriate.”

“The study is important. It shows just how costly obesity can be if it’s untreated. It’s not about weight and appearance. It’s about your health,” said Ted Kyle, a spokesperson for the Obesity Society and founder of ConscienHealth.

For the research, Lee and colleagues estimated people’s lifetime medical treatment cost for obesity-related diseases and lost the productivity of obese individual through a computer model. The findings observed on how obesity impacts individuals and society using the data from large U.S. health studies.


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