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Dreary New Data: Obesity is Increasing, Getting More Expensive, and Worse for Women
We’re Number One! Unfortunately.

A bunch of new statistics involving obesity have just been released, and for the most part they are (a) grim, and (b) grimmer for some of us than for others. Leading off, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has just concluded a study of the 33 nations that represent the world’s leading economies, and their conclusions are that virtually every country on the list is getting fatter, but ours is still the fattest of the lot.

In 1980, 50 percent of the U.S. population was overweight; today it’s nearly 70 percent; by 2020 the OECD reckons it will be a good 75 percent. By 2030, according to Johns Hopkins University, it could be 86 percent. That’s because we also have the world’s fastest rate of growth when it comes to obesity, followed by Australia and England.

This is going to play absolute hell with our health care costs. Obesity-related health problems cost the country almost $150 billion in 2008, and the OECD study cites an estimate that weight-related health care costs could balloon by 70 percent in the next five years, and more than double by 2025. The numbers might even be worse, if not for the macabre fact that obese persons die 8 to 10 years sooner than those of normal weight.

Obesity: Costly, Unhealthy, AND Sexist

From some numbers crunchers at George Washington University comes a financial reality fit to get women grinding their teeth: extra weight is more costly for women than for men, and the more weight we’re talking about, the much greater the cost and the disparity.

Even being a few pounds overweight costs men $432 and women $524 per year, but when we get to the point of full blown obesity, these amounts absolutely soar, to $2,646 and $4,879 respectively. That’s a sixfold increase for men, and ninefold for women.

These numbers represent increased medical bills, income lost to sick days, the cost of health insurance, decreased productivity, and other factors. As to the gender inequality in the estimated costs, most of that is attributed to the fact that overweight women earn less on average than trim women, while hefty men earn just as much as lean ones.

Of course, fat acceptance advocates would point out that it’s not the weight that creates this disparity, but negative attitudes toward large women on the part of those who sign the checks. Their point is well taken, but their problem remains: even identifying the source of the disparity won’t make it go away.

Source: OECD “Study: USA is fattest…,” Nanci Hellmich, USA Today, 9/24/10, p. 2

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