Navigation Links
Overweight elderly Americans contribute to financial burdens of the US health care system
Date:7/25/2008

Atlanta, GA July 24, 2008 Being overweight or obese is not only a personal issue that affects one's health but is also a public health issue that impacts other people in society. A new study in the journal Health Services Research reveals that the extra Medicare cost associated with overweight elderly people could place a significant financial burden on tax payers, costing up to hundreds of billions of dollars across the entire current Medicare population.

The article's findings show that treating the health needs of an overweight or obese elderly person will cost Medicare 6 to 17 percent more over a lifetime than treating an elderly person with a healthy weight. The authors used a measure of weight that takes into account a person's height, known as the body mass index and looked at total costs from Medicare alone for individuals covered from age 65 until death. The extra demands made of the healthcare system by overweight and obese elderly amounts to Medicare's spending on average an extra $15,000 on overweight elderly individuals and an extra $26,000 on obese individuals.

"Our research provides valuable information for why the public and health policy makers need to pay attention to the financial burden of health care for overweight Americans besides it's being just a health issue," Professor Zhou Yang at Emory University conclude. "More aggressive public health campaigns or early behavioral or policy intervention to stop the obesity epidemic could be cost-effective as well as otherwise beneficial for society."

Zhou Yang, Ph.D., MPH of Emory University and Allyson G. Hall of University of Florida used data from the longitudinal Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey from 1992 to 2001 to construct a model of the relationship between body weight and health care expenditures amongst different baseline weights at age 65 followed up to death.


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
amolnar@wiley.com
201-748-8844
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. School-based overweight prevention program may cut risk of eating disorders among girls
2. Overweight toddlers and those not in day care at risk for iron deficiency
3. Lower metabolism, eating behavior possibly explain the cause of overweight in narcolepsy
4. Overweight Now a Global Problem
5. Exercise Helps Overweight Youngsters Learn
6. Overweight mothers run greater risk of having hyperactive children
7. Obesity and overweight linked to higher prostate cancer mortality
8. Long-term pharmacotherapy for obesity and overweight: updated meta-analysis
9. HHS Launches Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative
10. MetaCure(TM) Launches Investigational Study of Gastric Stimulator for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Who are Overweight
11. Overweight Kids Often Become Obese, Unhealthy Adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Sherly Sulaiman, ... a series of therapeutic sessions to help Los Angeles-area actors cope with rejection, ... lives. The series, known as “Mindfulness for Actors and Artists,” has been featured ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Western ... dental health services to the developmentally disabled in the Coachella Valley. , The ... a new facility at 71-949 Highway 111, Suite 100-B, in Rancho Mirage, California. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Intermedix announced ... Emergency Medicine , an emergency medicine professional association, to support the organization's newly ... The American Academy of Emergency Medicine, or AAEM, seeks to empower emergency physicians ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... 10 Best Water ... were three leading bottled water brand owners that topped the list as a result ... and optimize conversion. The premier brand was Tibet 5100, a top notch water company ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... Intalere’s 2016 Executive Forum, taking place ... the country’s top healthcare executives to share insights on transformational strategies to drive ... is the provider-centric perspective, experience, expertise and strategy shared by the participants,” said ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... and SAN DIEGO , Feb. ... a global leader in viral gene therapy manufacturing, and ... for congestive heart failure and other chronic diseases, have ... scalable manufacturing process and produce cGMP-grade RT-100 (Ad5.hAC6) Drug ... --> --> This ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... HILLS, Calif. , Feb. 10, 2016  Rich ... "Company") today announced a 1-for-100 reverse split of its ... the opening of trading on Thursday, February 11, 2016. ... basis under new CUSIP number 76303T308 and temporary ticker ... will commence trading under the ticker symbol (RCHA).  ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... -- The ALS Association, in partnership with ALS Finding a Cure, ... biomarker to track TDP43 aggregation. The successful team(s) with the ... investment. --> --> ... in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ... which often leads to total paralysis and death within two ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: