Rising Obesity Rates Increase Nation's Healthcare Tab

Obesity-related illnesses now cost $147 billion each year, according to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is hosting its first ever "Weight of the Nation" conference here. Medical costs associated with obesity increased from 6.5 percent of all medical spending in 1998 to about 9 percent in 2006, according to the study released here and published today in the journal Health Affairs. Overall, medical care for obese patients is about 43 percent more...Full Story
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