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.
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