09/22/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
San Francisco – Researchers have found that obesity can not only negatively impact a person’s health, put can also add on additional financial strain. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), George Washington University researchers found that being obese costs men and women thousands of additional dollars per year, with an average of $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men when things such as lost productivity are factored in.
Dr. Kevin Schulman, a professor of medicine and health economist at Duke University, who is not connected to the recent report, is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue of obesity, “We’re paying a very high price as a society for obesity, and why don’t we think about it as a problem of enormous magnitude to our economy?… We’re creating obesity and we need to do a man-on-the-moon effort to solve this before those poor kids in elementary school become diabetic middle-aged people.”
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