Author(s): Spieker EA, Pyzocha N
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Abstract Parallel to rising obesity rates is an increase in costs associated with excess weight. Estimates of future direct (medical) and indirect (nonmedical) costs related to obesity suggest rising expenditures that will impose a significant economic burden to individuals and society as a whole. This article reviews research on direct and indirect medical costs and future economic trends associated with obesity and associated comorbidities. Cost disparities associated with subsets of the population experiencing higher than average rates of obesity are explored. Finally, potential solutions with the highest estimated impact are offered, and future directions are proposed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Prim Care
and referenced in Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy