Medical Consequences Of Obesity. The 14th European Congress on Obesity has presented research that the medical consequences of ‘Obesity’ have now become a global problem in terms of increased healthcare costs.
In fact, those costs now exceed expenditures for illnesses related to smoking, drinking, and aging. In the United States alone the figure for 2003 was placed at $96.7 billion.
In other countries, the costs are equally substantial (2% of national health expenditure in France and Australia, 4% in the Netherlands, and over 3% in Japan). ‘Obesity’ is also associated with increased rates of disability and loss of productivity as well as more hospital stays and greater prescription drug expenditures.
risk of developing serious health problems
‘Obesity’ increases the risk of developing serious health problems like diabetes, osteoarthritis, and heart disease.
Healthcare costs also increase as obese people age. Unfortunately, ‘Obesity’ is increasing at an alarming rate in the United State, Japan, and most European countries.
It is estimated that ‘Obesity’ affects 300 million people worldwide.
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