April 18th, 2012

Study: Obesity Surpasses Smoking in Employee Health Care Costs

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James P. Moriarty, MSc, and colleagues of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., analyzed the incremental costs of smoking and obesity among Mayo Clinic employees and retirees who had continuous health insurance coverage between 2001 and 2007…"This may lead to underestimation of the true incremental costs, since obesity is a risk factor for developing chronic conditions," Moriarty and colleagues explained.

 

 

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Tags: health costs, Health Policy, James P. Moriarty, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Obesity, smoking

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