Annual Cost of Obesity
The annual cost of obesity in the United States is estimated at $117 billion in direct medical expenses and indirect costs, including lost productivity. Childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in health expenses.1,2
1 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Preventing Obesity and Chronic Diseases Through Good Nutrition and Physical Activity.” http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/factsheets/Prevention/obesity.htm.
2 Thomson Medstat. 2006. Childhood Obesity: Costs, Treatment Patterns, Disparities in Care, and Prevalent Medical Conditions. Research Brief. http://www.medstat.com/pdfs/childhood_obesity.pdf.