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Obesity related illness consumes a sixth of US healthcare budget

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6014
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

The medical costs of obesity in the United States may be double previous estimates, a new study concludes.

As much as 17% of medical expenditure in the US goes towards the treatment of illnesses caused by obesity, says the study (, from the National Bureau of Economics Research, an independent, non-profit organisation that is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The authors, John Cawley, associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and Chad Meyerhoefer, assistant professor of economics at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, analysed data …

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