According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of adults in the United States are obese. That is 78.6 million members of the nation’s adult population.
The obesity epidemic comes at great cost to individual and population health, as well as accumulating medical costs that then add to the skyrocketing expenses of our healthcare system. In 2008, the CDC estimates, the annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. Further, medical costs for those with obesity were an average of $1,429 higher than for those of normal weight.
Excerpted from verywell.com