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Obesity's Toll on Health

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Tuesday, July 28 (HealthDay News)

-- Obesity in the United States now carries the hefty price tag of $147 billion per year in direct medical costs, just over 9 percent of all medical spending, experts reported at a national conference Tuesday in Washington, DC.

"To put that figure in perspective, the American Cancer Society estimates that all cancers combined cost our health care system $93 billion a year. So ending obesity would save our health care system 50 percent more dollars than curing cancer," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday morning in prepared remarks for the "Weight of the Nation" conference, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


This was an eye-opener for me! This is just plain scary! The price of Obesity is almost twice the cost of Cancer!

Read the article here at SparkPeople.

Another, related, article:

I cannot afford to take the medicines that would have been prescribed and wouldn't want to take them even if I had the money. Losing this weight was not an option for me, it was a necessity.

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  • MARTY19
    This is so scary to read about. And yet so many people ignore the facts. I think alot of the problem has to do with lifestyle changes, TV and fast food. When I was growing up, after school was spend outdoors until supper. We ran, jumped rope, skipped whatever. Kids today don't play outside. Why? TV and video games ensure that kids aren't playing. Their lifestyle is sedentary. Such a shame. And fast food is the easy way to feed a family. It is too bad. Changes have to be started and I don't know how to do it. SP conventions are a great way to begin and I'm glad it is happening.

    3153 days ago
  • CAROL_
    I'm with you, avoid pharmaceuticals. Yes it's necessary.
    3153 days ago
    You are so right, Linda. Very eye opening!
    3153 days ago
    Thanks for another wake up call blog.
    That is the exact reason that I'm here and probably thousands of others too.

    Small steps are the way to get to a new destination.
    Thanks for your friendship and your knowledge that you so willingly give to all of us.
    You are a great motivator.
    Thanks again.

    3153 days ago
    Wonderful blog! I also saw this article and it is indeed frightening. I agree that losing the weight was not an option for me either. It gets down to a quality of life issue for me most of all...how do I WANT to live?
    3153 days ago
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