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Obesity Epidemiology$
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Frank Hu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001

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Economic Costs of Obesity

Economic Costs of Obesity

(p.261) 13 Economic Costs of Obesity
Obesity Epidemiology

Frank B. Hu

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the economic costs of obesity. There is overwhelming evidence that excess weight is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Current estimates of economic expenses related to excess weight clearly underestimate the true costs to society. To date, the majority of these estimates have evaluated only a narrow range of overweight- and obesity-related illness; they have not included factors such as the impact of reduced physical functioning, and many have not accounted for the effects on those who are overweight but not obese. With the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity, there will be growing effects and mounting costs on the individual, communities, and society as a whole.

Keywords:   obesity research, economic burden, economic impact, costs to society

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