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Review: Annual Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity by Eric A. Finkelstein, Justin G. Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen and William Dietz

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Annual Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity By Eric A. Finkelstein, Justin G. Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen and William Dietz

As the U.S. obesity rate rises, it's not just waistlines that are expanding. The cost of medical care has ballooned, according to a new report in the policy and research journal Health Affairs. The study's authors compared medical data from 1998 and 2006 and found that obese Americans--who now make up a quarter of the U.S. population--are responsible for a $40 billion jump in annual medical spending. Obese people spend $1,400 more a year than people of normal weight on medical services,...

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