The direct yearly medical cost of being obese in the U.S. is $1,723 per obese person, according to a 2009 report in Obesity Reviews. Being overweight is a relative bargain at $266.
These numbers translate into $114 billion yearly, or five to 10 percent of total healthcare spending.
Not included in the numbers are costs such as lost productivity due to obesity-related illness and replacement or repair of items that wear out or break due to excessive amounts of physical stress. Not to mention pain and suffering.
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Reference: Tsai, A.G., et al. Direct Medical Cost of Obesity in the U.S.A. Obesity Reviews, online January 6, 2009. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789x.2009.00708.x