Obesity Statistics-McKinsey Quarterly

McKinsey Quarterly &Company, October 2010 

  • 2.6 million people die eat year as a result of being overweight or obese.
  • In the US,  every point of BMI above 30 is associated with about an 8 % increase in annual health care expenses.
  • 75% of healthcare claims are due to lifestyle choices.
  • World Health Organization estimates obesity now accounts for 2-7% of all health care spending.
  • Studies show that a person’s chance of becoming obese increases by 57% if he/she has a friend who is obese.
  • Almost half of all US adults are obese.
  • Persons risk of death rises by almost 1/3 for every 5 point rise in body max index.
  • Obesity has been linked to 2-4 yrs decrease in life expectancy, morbid obesity is linked to 8-10 yr obesity.
  • Currently the US expends 160 billion on health care costs. It’s twice as much as they were paying 20 years ago. It will double by 2018.
  • Obese people have higher absentee rates and lower productivity.
  • Obese people are more likely to need short term disability.
  • Absenteeism cost employers 30 billion annually. Decreased productivity equals 70 billion.
  • Short term disability equals 30 million.
  • Sedentary jobs, long hours and vending machines are killers….

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Obesity Statistics sited in McKinsey Quarterly

McKinsey Quarterly &Company, October 2010

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