Obesity estimated to carry $300 billion economic cost

A new study released today by the Society of Actuaries estimates $300 billion in economic costs associated with obesity in the United States and Canada. Here is an excerpt from the release:

According to a new study released today by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), the total economic cost of overweight (BMI between 25.0–29.9) and obesity (BMI of more than 30) in the U.S. and Canada reaches $3001 billion per year, with 90 percent of the total–$270 billion–attributed to the U.S. While much research has been conducted on obesity, the SOA study looked at the economic costs of overweight and obesity caused by increased need for medical care, and loss of economic productivity resulting from excess mortality and disability.

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