Health risks of Obesity

Health Consequences

People who are obese, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

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Obesity Rates Remain High

The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960.

THE HEALTHCARE COSTS OF OBESITY

Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year. In addition, obesity is associated with job absenteeism, costing approximately $4.3 billion annually and with lower productivity while at work, costing employers $506 per obese worker per year.

As a person’s BMI increases, so do the number of sick days, medical claims and healthcare costs. For instance:

Notes
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  2. 2 Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. JAMA, 311(8):806-814, 2014.
  3. 3 Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Obesity among Adults: United States, 2011-2012. NCHS Data Brief, 131, 2013.
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  5. 5,6 Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Obesity among Adults: United States, 2011-2012. NCHS Data Brief, 131, 2013.
  6. 7 Fryar DC, Carroll MD, Ogden CL. Prevalence of overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among adults: United States, 1960-1962 through 2011-2012. National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stat. 2014. (accessed May 2015).
  7. 8 Odgen CL. Childhood Obesity in the United States: The Magnitude of the Problem. Power Point. (accessed June 2013).
  8. 9 Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. JAMA, 311(8):806-814, 2014.
  9. 10 Skinner AC, Skelton J. Prevalence and Trends in Obesity and Severe Obesity Among Children in the United States, 1999-2012. JAMA Pediatrics, doi:10.1001/ jamapediatrics.2014.21, 2014.
  10. 11 Fryar CD, Carroll MD and Ogden, CL. Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults: United States, Trends 1960-1962 Through 2009-2010. National Center for Health Statistics E-Stat, 2012.
  11. 12 Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. JAMA, 311(8):806-814, 2014.