- The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are high. In 2008 dollars, these costs were estimated to be $147 billion.
- Millennials are on track to be the most obese generation.
- Insurance companies, physicians and employers can’t idly stand-by while obesity costs climb.
- It’s time for a serious intervention.
Obesity is costing our healthcare system billions which, in turn, is costing all of us money. Politicians continue to point the finger of high healthcare costs at pharma but the reality is that prescription drugs only account for ten cents of every healthcare dollar.
How can we, as a nation, stand idly by and watch as we get fatter and don’t exercise? It’s time for a serious intervention. Here are some recommendations:
1ne: Obese patients should be required by their insurance companies to meet with a registered dietician.
2wo: Insurance companies should distribute fitness trackers to obese patients. Those who exercise will get discounts, those who don’t will pay more.
3hree: Employers should pay for health club memberships and ensure that employees use them. In addition company, intranets should emphasize the importance of exercise and diet.
Finally, if you’re considered obese you should pay more for health insurance. It’s not fair that people who exercise and eat right should subsidize people who try and take care of themselves.
We can’t ignore the problem of obesity on healthcare costs any longer. Serious steps are needed.