Top ten in healthcare spending: Little for obesity care
You can look at healthcare spending in two different ways. One way is to ask, “What are we buying?” The alternative is to ask, “What are we paying for?” A new study published this week in
shows that we’re buying very little obesity care, but paying a lot for untreated obesity.
Of the top ten conditions for healthcare spending, all but one are linked to untreated obesity. Diabetes tops the list. Spending for diabetes and back pain – both closely linked to obesity – is growing faster than anything else in the top ten. In the top 20, only high cholesterol (also linked to obesity) is growing faster. Even pregnancy, which obesity certainly does not cause, becomes more expensive for people who have obesity.
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