Costs of Obesity

US Obesity-Related Costs (Annual)

Obesity Related Disease Costs Overwhelm HealthCare System

  • Type II Diabetes ($63.14 Billion)
  • Osteoporosis ($17.2 Billion)
  • Hypertension ($3.23 Billion)
  • Heart Disease ($6.99 Billion)
  • Post-menopausal breast cancer ($2.32 Billion)
  • Colon Cancer ($2.78 Billion)
  • Endometrial Cancer ($790 Million)
  • Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity rising from $35 Million (1979) to $127 Million (1999)

Obesity Related Costs of Lost Productivity

  • Workdays lost: $39.3 Million
  • Physician office visits: $62.7 Million
  • Restricted Activity days: $29.9 Million
  • Bed-Related days: $89.5 Million

SOURCE: Wellness International Network Ltd –

Weight Loss Advice

No matter how much excess weight or fat you have, if you want to lose weight permanently, your diet program should be directed toward a slow, steady weight loss. According to official government dietary guidelines, unless your doctor feels your particular health condition would benefit from more rapid weight loss, you should expect to lose no more than 2 pounds of fat a week, although initial loss (mainly water) may be greater. Losing more weight is no guarantee that weight loss is likely to be permanent.