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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Costs Go up With BMI and More Risk Factors

Kudos, fatsos.
An analysis of cost data from several major national databases confirms that the cost of managing the cardiovascular risks associated with obesity increase with the severity of the obesity.

Dr Diana Brixner (University of Utah, Salt Lake City) and colleagues presented the results of their analysis of GE's electronic medical records database, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the Thomson Reuters Marketscan database at Obesity 2011.

The analysis found that the cardiovascular risk factors of patients with a BMI over 35 cost healthcare payers an average of about $3600. Patients with a BMI between 30 and 35 cost about $2700, patients with a BMI between 27 and 30 cost about $2000, and patients with a BMI between 25 and 27 cost about $1700.
We have to stop paying for fat persons' illnesses of choice.


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