May 1st, 2012

As waistlines expand, costs soar

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The incidence of obesity in the United States has soared from 13 per cent to 34 per cent over the last 50 years, while the percentage of Americans who are extremely or “morbidly” obese has rocketed from 0.9 per cent to 6 per cent…$1,850 more per year in medical costs for an overweight person than for someone of healthy weight, among employees at the Mayo Clinic and their adult dependents. $3,086 more per year in medical costs for a Mayo worker with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 40.

Globe and Mail, 5/1/2012

Tags: body mass index (BMI), Cardiology, International

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