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Health costs of obesity exceed smoking and drinking
Yahoo News ^ | 6-5-05 | Patricia Reaney

Posted on 06/05/2005 6:14:01 PM PDT by SheLion

ATHENS (Reuters) - Treating obesity-related disorders costs as much or more than illnesses caused by aging, smoking and problem drinking. 

It accounts for 2 percent of the national health expenditure in France and Australia, more than 3 percent in Japan and Portugal and 4 percent in the Netherlands.

A review of research into the economic causes and consequences of obesity presented at the 14th European Congress on Obesity showed that in 2003 up to $96.7 billion was spent on obesity problems in the United States.

"An increase in the prevalence of obesity increases the healthcare costs," Anne Wolf of the University of Virginia School of Medicine said.

"As age increases so do healthcare costs for obesity."

Obesity, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases like diabetes, is calculated using the body mass index (BMI) -- dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared.

A BMI of more than 30 is considered obese, more than 40 is very severe.

The costs of dealing with the consequences of obesity rise along with the severity of the disorder. Being overweight or obese increases the odds of suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis which are the major reasons for obesity healthcare costs.

"Each unit increase in BMI is associated with a 2.3 percent cost increase," said Wolf.

Although most of the cost analysis for obesity has been done in the U nited States, where about 30 percent of adults are obese, Wolf said the figures would be comparable for other western countries with rising rates of obesity.

An estimated 10-20 percent of men and 10-25 percent of women in European countries are obese.

Along with hefty health costs, obesity is also associated with a greater loss of productivity and increased rates of disability.

Studies in the United States have shown that about 6 percent of people with a healthy weight are unable to work but the figure rises to 10 percent or more among the obese.

Much of the healthcare spending on obesity-related problems is due to prescription drug costs and more hospital stays.

O bese patients are more likely to require medication for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pain relief, asthma and other illnesses than people with a normal weight, according to Wolf.

Despite the health and economic consequences of obesity, which affects more than 300 million people worldwide including a growing number of children and adolescents, health experts believe it is one of the most neglected public health issues.

"It is a very serious problem," said Wolf. "The excess costs of obesity are present in all ages."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: calories; fat; food; foods; health; junkfood; nannystate; obesity; overeating; wodlist
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1 posted on 06/05/2005 6:14:02 PM PDT by SheLion
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To: Just another Joe; Madame Dufarge; MeeknMing; steve50; KS Flyover; Cantiloper; metesky; kattracks; ..


2 posted on 06/05/2005 6:15:30 PM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion

Son of a gun,I was just going to ping you---man you are quick----now I'll read the article.

Later!


3 posted on 06/05/2005 6:17:59 PM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
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To: SheLion

Boy, are you in for it. Posting an article against fatness. Don't you know being fat is a sign of prosperity?


4 posted on 06/05/2005 6:18:32 PM PDT by raybbr
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To: SheLion

Man,what's with thos southern states?


5 posted on 06/05/2005 6:19:20 PM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
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To: Mears

Bar-b-que !! :-)


6 posted on 06/05/2005 6:20:30 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: SheLion

God,it's nice to see them go after someone else besides the smokers.


7 posted on 06/05/2005 6:21:55 PM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
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To: SheLion

Now maybe the fatties at work will get off my case about my occasional smoking...


8 posted on 06/05/2005 6:23:57 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: SheLion

I win the Trifecta!


9 posted on 06/05/2005 6:24:44 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: SheLion

I'm almost 45 years old, have an almost 7 year old child, am 5'10" and weigh about 115.............I seriously don't think I have to worry about any of this crapola. Neither does hubby...........he put in a 12 hour day today at work, and after he changed his clothes spent over an hour chasing frisbees with the above mentioned child.

did I mention we are both smokers????????


10 posted on 06/05/2005 6:26:16 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: SheLion
Treating obesity-related disorders costs as much or more than illnesses caused by aging, smoking and problem drinking.

I say we push all the fat smoke nazis right down their own slippery slope.


11 posted on 06/05/2005 6:26:47 PM PDT by Nick Danger (www.iranfree.org)
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To: Gabz

Well, then have a drink & some pie!


12 posted on 06/05/2005 6:27:51 PM PDT by Feiny (They're not people, they're hippies.)
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To: eddie willers
I win the Trifecta!

LOL.

13 posted on 06/05/2005 6:27:51 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: SheLion

Insert Hillary Care and say goodbye to all choice and freedom. Not a single area of existence left to individual freedom and liberty.


14 posted on 06/05/2005 6:28:26 PM PDT by Archon of the East ("universal executive power of the law of nature")
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To: Nick Danger
I say we push all the fat smoke nazis right down their own slippery slope.

I'm ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

I did several TV debates with one of the smoke nazis - who definitely had a need for a diet.

15 posted on 06/05/2005 6:31:57 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: Mears
Son of a gun,I was just going to ping you---man you are quick----now I'll read the article.

Hehe! I just posted it. :)

16 posted on 06/05/2005 6:32:38 PM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion
This is great news!
I was worried, like, I really dig smokin and drinkin. So...
With my meth habit keepin me skinny,
I aint got nuttin to worry about.
17 posted on 06/05/2005 6:33:01 PM PDT by JamminJAY (This space for rent)
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To: feinswinesuksass

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

Dinner was lasagna - dessert in this house is usually ice cream at his time of the year!!!!


18 posted on 06/05/2005 6:33:28 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: Mears

I dunno. I live in NC. I'm 5'8" weigh 150 pounds since I was a teenager in 1968. At the age of 55, I'm still in the same shape that I was 37 years ago. Then again, I just eat at home, never at McDonalds, etc. I don't know if that makes any difference, but, I'll take roast beef and gravy on mashed potatoes, whole milk, and for dessert, a slice of blueberry-apple pie with vanilla Breyers ice cream on top, drizzled with Creme Bouliouet.


19 posted on 06/05/2005 6:34:31 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: JamminJAY

Sarcasm doesn't always work - this time it didn't.


20 posted on 06/05/2005 6:34:52 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: SheLion
Wait - I am 6' tall, and weigh 215 lbs. BMI, by the formula above, kg/m^2, = (215/2.2)/(72/39)^2~53

So, I have a BMI of 53, and should be dead, according to this article.

I am the dood on the right, below - the one on the left is my father.


21 posted on 06/05/2005 6:37:26 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: Gabz

Ice cream with Pop Tarts?


22 posted on 06/05/2005 6:37:32 PM PDT by Feiny (They're not people, they're hippies.)
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To: Gabz
Picture's worth a thousand words, eh?

Complete junk science.

23 posted on 06/05/2005 6:41:12 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: patton
Nice deck.

Its in the genes. Either you got it or you don't.

24 posted on 06/05/2005 6:42:48 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Not a Gordon Fan.)
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To: SheLion

Yes there are problems with obesity however at the same time I think the insurance companies are playing this for all it's worth in order to have a reason to up insurance rates. I can not help but notice all this talk about evil fatties and evil smokers and what it costs to insure them and not one mention about homosexuals and the cost of treating AIDS. It's a bit of a double standard don't you think? I also see a trend developing to make it ok to not employ fat people because of the additional cost to group health plans but I do not see the same standard applied to gays.


25 posted on 06/05/2005 6:46:49 PM PDT by foolscap
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To: Cobra64

I know you're not my husband posting under another name, because he's doing the dishes for me at the moment and his computer is turned off :)

He's 50 and has weighed about 150-175 since he was in his teens and he's just shy of 6 foot.

We use real butter, whole milk, sour cream, heavy cream, real cheese, eggs and all the other stuff they tell us we can't - and we eat RED MEAT!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 06/05/2005 6:47:09 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: AGreatPer
Dad's house in Berryville, VA.

Pop

27 posted on 06/05/2005 6:47:58 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: patton

I think you might want to recalculate your BMI. There is no way you'll have a BMI of 53 if you're 6' and 215 lbs. Going by my own stats, I'd say you're high 20s, a little overweight by BMI standards, but nothing much to worry about.


28 posted on 06/05/2005 6:49:00 PM PDT by Youngblood
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To: patton
Reminds me of a joke...

When he was 98, George Burns was asked in an interview what his doctor thought of his lifestyle:

Interviewer: Mr. Burns, is it true that you smoke?

George Burns: I smoke 10 to 15 cigars a day, at my age I have to hold on to something.

I: Is it true that you drink?

GB: I will have 3 or 4 martinis a day.

I: Is it true that you date women less than half your age?

GB: Two or three at a time, and sometimes, they're much younger than that!

I: Does your doctor approve of your lifestyle?

GB: No, my doctor's dead!

Mark

29 posted on 06/05/2005 6:49:20 PM PDT by MarkL (I've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!)
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To: Youngblood

I used the formula provided in the article - see above. If my math is incorrect, please tell me.


30 posted on 06/05/2005 6:51:01 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: MarkL

heheheh


31 posted on 06/05/2005 6:51:19 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: patton
So, I have a BMI of 53, and should be dead, according to this article.

Your 29.2 which is overweight and near obesity.

32 posted on 06/05/2005 6:52:04 PM PDT by EVO X
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To: feinswinesuksass

Thankfully the child is sleeping in another room - I don[t need that idea plated in her head!!!!

ROFL!!!


33 posted on 06/05/2005 6:52:19 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: SheLion

OMG - We'll have to close all the restaurants and supermarkets and register all tableware.


34 posted on 06/05/2005 6:53:00 PM PDT by chainsaw
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To: patton

Great pic - would have been better with "real" drinks in your hands instead of the coffee cups!!!!!!!!


35 posted on 06/05/2005 6:53:51 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: patton

BMI is just one indicator of body condition. A large rugby or American football player will have a high BMI due to their large muscle mass. Body fat and waste measurements are used in addition to the BMI when assessing body condition.


36 posted on 06/05/2005 6:54:17 PM PDT by Youngblood
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To: Mears
What's with the Southern States?

Two words. Air conditioning.

37 posted on 06/05/2005 6:54:37 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?)
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To: SheLion

Just another excuse by the insurance industry for high premiums.


38 posted on 06/05/2005 6:54:57 PM PDT by carlr
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To: SheLion

Here we go. I can just see it now. Bans on everything pleasurable to eat...for your own good, of course. Better start stocking up on nonperishable goodies before they become unavailable.


39 posted on 06/05/2005 6:55:24 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.)
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To: eddie willers
I was thinking the same thing.

I believe I'll have a cigar some whiskey and a brownie.

40 posted on 06/05/2005 6:57:00 PM PDT by SKI NOW
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To: Black Birch

Did I misread the formula?


41 posted on 06/05/2005 6:58:06 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: patton

Your math is incorrect.:)


42 posted on 06/05/2005 6:58:33 PM PDT by Youngblood
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To: patton

Your BMI is actually 29. You goofed on the formula.


43 posted on 06/05/2005 6:58:34 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?)
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To: sweetliberty
Better start stocking up on nonperishable goodies before they become unavailable.

The greatest thing is that the vast majority can be made of the simplest things that will never become unavailable.

44 posted on 06/05/2005 7:00:25 PM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: SheLion

Will this cause a prohibitive "Big Mac Tax?"


45 posted on 06/05/2005 7:00:36 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: SheLion

Now we're gonna see companies refusing to hire people who eat in their off-time.


46 posted on 06/05/2005 7:01:42 PM PDT by fat city (Julius Rosenberg's soviet code name was "Liberal")
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To: SamAdams76; Youngblood
"Obesity, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases like diabetes, is calculated using the body mass index (BMI) -- dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared."

(kg)/(m)^2=(lbs/2.2)/("/39)^2, no?

47 posted on 06/05/2005 7:03:02 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: DakotaRed
Will this cause a prohibitive "Big Mac Tax?"

It's too late for some...


48 posted on 06/05/2005 7:08:15 PM PDT by motzman (now whatda?)
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To: SheLion

I've read of a handful of studies linking reading and eye disease (glasses).

The cost of a lifetime of eye glasses and Dr. appointments must easily top the costs of smoking and obesity combined.

The only solution is to ban newspapers and force everyone to listen to talk radio.


49 posted on 06/05/2005 7:15:56 PM PDT by RJL
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To: patton

Yes, that's it. I tried it with your stats and got just under 29. You went wrong somewhere.


50 posted on 06/05/2005 7:16:35 PM PDT by Youngblood
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