Obesity Costing High for US

As found by a new study, obesity is becoming an expensive issue for US Government. It brought out that obesity bears twice the effect on medical costs, as compared to estimates made earlier.

The study was carried out by John Cawley of Cornell University and Chad Meyerhoefer of Lehigh University and was released by non-profit organization the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The findings of the study are based on a federal survey that involved the citizens of US, doctors and other health care providers. The study looked at data on about 24,000 adult patients from 2000 to 2005.

The researchers found that the obesity-related medical costs stand at $168 billion, while a last year's study estimated this figure to be $147 billion.

The new study made adjustments in the statistics of the actual weight of people, while the previous studies considered self-reported weight. The researchers evaluated the weights of subjects taking in consideration the genetic factors also. While the new research blamed excess weight for increasing medical costs, other researches took into view other factors also.

Cawley, an Associate Professor of policy analysis and management said, "At first we were a bit surprised by how large the estimates were, but obesity is clearly a major burden on society".