Cost of overweight and obesity reaches $300B annually

Obesity costs on the rise
Obesity costs on the rise

A recent analysis of the costs associated with overweight and obesity has found the the total annual cost in North America to be $300B.  The research found that the costs are largely driven by four primary areas:

  1. Increased medical care
  2. Loss of worker productivity
  3. Higher death rates
  4. Increases in worker disability

The study is titled “Obesity and its Relation to Mortality and Morbidity Costs.”  The analysis was performed by the Society of Actuaries.

You can read the full report here.