Should your doctor tell you to lose weight?

  • The total costs in the U.S. for direct health care treatment for chronic health conditions totaled $1.1 trillion in 2016—equivalent to 5.8 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

    Chronic diseases also lead to indirect costs—defined as lost income and reduced economic productivity—for the individuals suffering from the conditions, their family caregivers, and the overall economy.

    In 2016, diseases caused by obesity and being overweight accounted for 47.1 percent of the total cost of chronic diseases in the U.S.— responsible for $480.7 billion in direct health care costs, plus $1.24 trillion in indirect costs related to lost economic productivity.

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