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Tell Michelle: Fat People Have Lower Lifetime Medical Costs

John on December 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

Michelle Obama has made it her mission to wipe out childhood obesity. But according to a new study, she may be hurting the success of her husband’s signature achievement in office. It turns out heavy people spend less on health care over their lifetime than their svelte counterparts. But here’s the catch:

Although effective obesity prevention leads to a decrease in costs of obesity-related diseases, this decrease is offset by cost increases due to diseases unrelated to obesity in life-years gained. Obesity prevention may be an important and cost-effective way of improving public health, but it is not a cure for increasing health expenditures.

Forget the vegetables, kids. Twinkies for everyone. Let’s bend that cost curve!

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