Obesity healthcare costs nearly double

POSTED: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 2:34pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

A recent study shows that obesity care finances across the nation have doubled since the last report. The study reveals that this specific type of medical care could cost around 170 billion dollars a year.

Waco bariatric centers have recently seen this budget increase affect their costs of obesity care first hand. The coordinator for Hilcrest Bariatric Center in Waco says that they have seen an increase in demand for specialized medical equipment as well as a great increase in demand for weight loss surgery.

While surgery is one way to help someone once they reach the point of obesity, the manager of Curves in Waco says that it is an individual choice of how to spend your time and money that affects a persons weight. She says that every penny saved on good health habits now, is money saved later on health problems.

Dr. Suzy Weems from Waco says that five of the major causes of death are related to nutrition, and that people often use the excuse that eating healthy costs more. She says that eating healthy could actually cost less money, and its about motivation and dedication to eating healthy, that could minimize the obesity problem all over the nation.

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