Healthcare Costs of Obesity in Children

moneyIn a recent longitudinal cohort study published in Obesity, the authors examined the direct healthcare costs associated with overweight and obesity among preschool-aged children.

Australian children (n=350) with obesity had healthcare costs ~1.6 times that of healthy weight children; interestingly, children classified as overweight had comparable healthcare costs of healthy weight children.

In light of both economic and health-related consequences, these results reinforce the importance of secondary prevention – preventing unhealthy weight gain among children already classified as overweight.

Hayes et al. (2016)

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