Navigation Links
U.S. Underestimates Long-Term Costs of Obesity, Experts Say
Date:3/21/2012

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- The costs of the obesity epidemic to the United States and the economic value of curbing it are not captured fully by current methods, according to a new report.

The problem is that estimates used by Congress when it looks at these issues project out only 10 years, while it may take much longer than that for complications of obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, to manifest, the report authors say.

For example, "a person with diabetes is not going to go on dialysis right away. They're going to go on dialysis 10 to 12 years after their diagnosis," said Michael O'Grady, co-author of the report, released Wednesday by the Campaign to End Obesity.

A 25-year window for making policy decisions would be more appropriate when drafting policies aimed at curbing disease, he said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

By the same token, measures to prevent obesity can take 20 or more years, perhaps even generations, to show their promise, the report said. A wider time window would enable policy makers to assess the cost-effectiveness of preventive programs, the report noted.

"Interventions aimed at children will not have their full payoff until those children are adults," said Dr. James Marks, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the study.

Nor will the success of interventions aimed at pregnant women be seen for many years, noted the study's authors, speaking at the briefing.

O'Grady, citing current CDC figures, said more than one-third of U.S. adults are overweight, another one-third are obese and 6 percent are extremely obese.

"That's right around three-quarters of the population," said O'Grady, a senior fellow for health care research at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and a principal with O'Grady Health Policy, LLC.

One estimate puts the annual cost of obesity at $147 billion, representing almost 10 percent of all medical expenses, the report said. But the Society of Actuaries -- which adds in lost productivity, employees on full disability and absenteeism -- puts the costs closer to $300 billion a year.

And at a minimum, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that per-person, obesity-related spending will increase an average of 3.6 percent a year, the report said.

The authors are asking those who make up budgets, including the Congressional Budget Office, to take into account a growing body of scientific literature on the toll of diabetes as well as hopeful interventions when they tally the price of obesity.

A window of 25 years will help policy makers arrive at more accurate long-term estimates, they said.

"Ten years is adequate for food stamps and aircraft carriers, but there are certain policy areas where we know the disease has a 20- to 25-year progression. You need the flexibility to go beyond 10 years," O'Grady said. "We probably want to modify the status quo of how we measure these things in order to capture the full value of that."

Marks said two of the greatest challenges the nation faces are restoring global economic competitiveness and the skyrocketing costs of medical care, which has become perhaps the biggest obstacle to long-term economic strength.

"Obesity lies right at the center of those challenges," he said. "The way Congress acts to score legislation, using only a 10-year horizon, misses a huge part of the value of preventive efforts."

The authors served in the George W. Bush administration. O'Grady was assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, and co-author James Capretta served as an associate director of the Office of Management and Budget.

More information

Visit the Campaign to End Obesity for more on the new report and the issue.

SOURCES: March 21, 2012, teleconference with: Michael O'Grady, Ph.D., senior fellow for health care research, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, and principal, O'Grady Health Policy, LLC, and James Marks, M.D., senior vice president and director, Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; March 21, 2012, Campaign to End Obesity report, Assessing the Economics of Obesity and Obesity Interventions


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Groundbreaking, long-term study of head injuries among athletes kicks off with NCAA grant
2. HIV/AIDS vaccine shows long-term protection against multiple exposures in non-human primates
3. First study on long-term cognitive effects of breast cancer chemotherapy finds subtle impairment among women who received CMF regimen
4. Study finds some insulin production in long-term Type 1 diabetes
5. People who retire early due to back problems face long-term financial disadvantage
6. Radiation plus chemotherapy provides long-term positive results for head and neck cancer patients
7. Oxford University Press and Medical Council on Alcohol announce long-term partnership
8. Severe Brain Injury When Young May Have Long-Term Effects
9. Emergency room visits risky for elderly residents from long-term care facilities
10. Nicotine Patches, Gums Wont Help Smokers Quit Long-Term: Study
11. Long-term inhaled dry powder mannitol improves lung function in CF
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Underestimates Long-Term Costs of Obesity, Experts Say
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, ... big day. A great outfit, flawless hair, and a sparkling personality are all well ... themselves to a night at home with Rover. (Actually, man’s best friend might not ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... ... individuals looking to lead a healthy lifestyle have decreased carbohydrate consumption and increased their ... delved into this niche allowing those giving up their beloved pasta a chance to ... of protein and only 7 grams of carbohydrates per 50 gram serving--a ratio that ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... The producers of Enterprises TV ... , The increasingly modern world of instantaneous consumption proves very convenient for businesses. ... such as oil and coal, which pollutes our air, water, and soil. It can ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... 13, 2016 , ... Christie Medical Holdings, Inc. presented the ... VeinViewer® Vision vein finder for the nursing school simulation lab. This ... draw blood, combining technology with traditional technique. , “VeinViewer is a wonderful new ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... best foot forward. They’ll groom themselves to perfection, go out of their way to ... their date – just take a look at any online dating profile. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... February 12, 2016 ... titled Chronic Inflammation Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, ... the global clinical trials landscape along with top ... Region, Country (G7 & E7), Trial Status, Trial ... reviews top companies involved and enlists all trials ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016 Laboratory glassware ... in laboratories. These may range from microscope slides to ... is made from borosilicate glass because of its low ... the other hand, started gaining popularity over the past ... to replace glass with plastic in several applications due ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016 Potrero Medical, Inc., the developer of the ... appointment of George M. Rapier, III , MD, to ... , WellMed is one of the nation,s largest physician ... members in Texas and ... his own internal medicine practice, he has been instrumental to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: