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Obesity Shortens Lifespan, Costs Billions

A study found, Super-size meals and an inactive lifestyle reduces the lifespan of the obese and costs the U.S. taxpayer billions in Medicare expenditures.

Lead study author Zhou Yang of the University of Florida said he found an aged person who is overweight at 65 years, may spend $16,000 more and the obese person may spend $26,000 more, than those who are a normal weight at age 65 years.

The study, published in the online issue of the journal Health Services Research, said 35 percent of U.S. adults are overweight, a further 30 percent are obese, and the total extra cost of treating them can jump to hundreds of billions of dollars as they age.

The study said, Life expectancy for a man of normal weight is 76.1 years; for an overweight man it is 75.9 and for an obese man, it is 74.2. For a woman of normal weight, life expectancy is 74 years; for an overweight woman it is 72.7 and for an obese woman it is 71.6.

Yang said in a statement, we must do a better job of informing the public about the health risks associated with obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

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