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FAQs: 1. Costs of Obesity
 
Please note - this is NOT medical advice. Below are questions typically asked by people considering weight loss surgery, followed by some comments from our surgeons. These comments are for educational purposes only. For medical advice, be sure to consult a bariatric specialist in person regarding your unique situation.

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What is the cost of breast, endometrial and colon cancer related to overweight and obesity?
What is the cost of gallbladder disease related to overweight and obesity?
What is the cost of heart disease related to overweight and obesity?
What is the cost of hypertension (high blood pressure) related to overweight and obesity?
What is the cost of lost productivity related to obesity?
What is the cost of osteoarthritis related to overweight and obesity?
What is the cost of overweight and obesity?
What is the cost of type 2 diabetes related to overweight and obesity?
 
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What is the cost of breast, endometrial and colon cancer related to overweight and obesity?
Breast cancer
Total cost: $2.9 billion
Direct cost: $1.1 billion
Indirect cost: $1.8 billion

Endometrial cancer
Total cost: $933 million
Direct cost: $310 million
Indirect cost: $623 million

Colon cancer
Total cost: $3.5 billion
Direct cost: $1.3 billion
Indirect cost: $2.2 billion

Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of gallbladder disease related to overweight and obesity?
Total cost: $3.4 billion
Direct cost: $3.2 billion
Indirect cost: $187 million


Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of heart disease related to overweight and obesity?
Direct cost: $8.8 billion which is 17% of the total direct cost of heart disease, independent of stroke.

Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of hypertension (high blood pressure) related to overweight and obesity?
Direct cost: $4.1 billion which is 17% of the total cost of hypertension.

Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of lost productivity related to obesity?
The cost of lost productivity related to obesity (BMI > 30) among Americans ages 17–64 is $3.9 billion. This value considers the following annual numbers (for 1994):
  • Workdays lost related to obesity: 39.3 million
  • Physician office visits related to obesity: 62.7 million
  • Restricted activity days related to obesity: 239.0 million
  • Bed-days related to obesity: 89.5 million


Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of osteoarthritis related to overweight and obesity?
Total cost: $21.2 billion
Direct cost: $5.3 billion
Indirect cost: $15.9 billion

Source: www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of overweight and obesity?
Total cost: $122.9 billion
Direct cost: $64.1 billion
Indirect cost: $58.8 billion which is comparable to the economic costs of cigarette smoking.

Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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What is the cost of type 2 diabetes related to overweight and obesity?
Total cost: $98 billion in 2001.

Source:
www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/statobes.htm#what
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