Tuesday, February 14. 2012
A report from the Trust for America's Health showed that Americans losing weight could save the country a sizable amount of money in the long run.
The report, "Bending the Obesity Cost Curve," showed that by making the body mass index average decline by 5 percent, the healthcare cost in the country could drop by more than $29 billion in five years, $158.1 billion in one decade and more than $611 billion 20 years from now.
"Prevention is the key to halting the obesity epidemic, lowering health care costs and creating a long-term path to a healthier and economically sound America," said Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, who also serves as chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.
Consumers who are trying to lose weight but are struggling doing so may want to seek a doctor's opinion. If they are lacking in proper healthcare, comparing health insurance rates may help them find something that is both affordable and works for them.