2004, Just-food.com: Roughly 5% of the United
State’s annual health expenditures can be attributed
to obesity for a whopping total of $75 billion a year
in medical treatments, reports a recent study.
According to researchers at RTI International and the
US Centers for Disease Control, the estimated percentage
of annual health expenditures in each state attributable
to obesity ranges from 4% in Arizona to 6.7% in Alaska.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson,
reacted immediately to the findings: “Obesity
has become a crucial health problem for our nation,
and these findings show that the medical costs alone
reflect the significance of the challenge.”
The study appears in the January issue of Obesity Research.