National medical spending attributable to overweight and obesity: how much, and who's paying?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We use a regression framework and nationally representative data to compute aggregate overweight- and obesity-attributable medical spending for the United States and for select payers. Combined, such expenditures accounted for 9.1 percent of total annual U.S. medical expenditures in 1998 and may have been as high as dollar 78.5 billion (dollar 92.6 billion in 2002 dollars). Medicare and Medicaid finance approximately half of these costs.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finkelstein, EA; Fiebelkorn, IC; Wang, G

Published Date

  • January 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • Suppl Web Exclusives /

Start / End Page

  • W3-219-26 -

PubMed ID

  • 14527256

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1544-5208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-2715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1377/hlthaff.w3.219


  • eng