Childhood Obesity's Lifetime Monetary Cost

the MPR take:

A new study in the journal Pediatrics has determined that compared to a normal weight child, an obese child will have an additional incremental lifetime medical cost of approximately $19,000. Six previous studies on lifetime medical cost were analyzed and found a differential range from $12,660–$19,630 when weight gain through adulthood among normal weight children was taken into account, and $16,310–$39,080 when it was not. Estimates for the indirect costs related to childhood obesity also need to be calculated, state the authors. 

Childhood Obesity's Lifetime Monetary Cost
Childhood Obesity's Lifetime Monetary Cost
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: An estimate of the lifetime medical costs of an obese child provides a benchmark of the potential per capita savings that could accrue from successful childhood obesity prevention efforts. We reviewed the literature to identify the best current estimate of the ...

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