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!
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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.