A new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study suggests helping an adult lose weight leads to significant cost savings at any age...
We have all seen these carts in the grocery store...
...packed with nothing but JUNK
How much more are you really spending on prepackaged chemically enhanced gmo food?
Lets breakdown the findings, which are to be published in the journal Obesity.
- A 20-year-old adult who goes from being obese to overweight would save an average of $17,655 in direct medical costs and productivity losses over their lifetime.
- If the same person were to go from being obese to a healthy weight, an average savings of $28,020 in direct medical costs and productivity losses can occur.
- Helping a 40-year-old adult go from being obese to overweight can save an average of $18,262.
- If the same person went from being obese to normal weight, an average savings of $31,447 can follow.
"Over half the costs of being overweight can be from productivity losses, mainly due to missed work days but also productivity losses. This means that just focusing on medical costs misses a big part of the picture, though they're a consideration, too," says Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA, executive director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at the Bloomberg School. "Productivity losses affect businesses, which in turn affects the economy, which then affects everyone."
When absenteeism occurs in the workforce, others, at times, have to take on a larger workload. This all funnels downstream and adds to the societal costs of obesity. And health insurance premiums increase across the board, even for healthy patients, as insurers spread the cost of obesity and its associated conditions.
The research team found that cost savings peak at age 50 with an average total savings of $36,278. After age 50, the largest cost savings occur when an individual with obesity moves to the normal weight category as opposed to the overweight category, emphasizing the importance of weight loss as people age. This finding is important because people aged 50 and older make up more than 60% incremental societal costs, which includes higher taxes to support government insurance and higher copays and other out-of-pocket expenses.