Posts Tagged ‘health economics’

Is Healthful Eating More Expensive?

August 19, 2016 — Healthful eating, if you find it at Whole Foods, can definitely be expensive. Folks from Harvard and Brown Universities say healthful food costs about $1.50 more per day than junk food. They base their assertions on a 2013 analysis published in BMJ Open. But like so many other questions in nutrition, the answer depends on how you ask […]

Perverse Incentives for Health Fall Out of Favor

July 3, 2016 — When perverse ideas about incentives for health fall apart, everyone can celebrate. Today we celebrate one that is losing support: penalizing employees for obesity. For several years now, certain elements of the wellness industry have been pushing the idea that obesity could be reversed by imposing financial penalties on employees who don’t weight what their employers say they […]

Three Views: Health, Costs, and Obesity

June 22, 2016 — Though total health costs have risen more slowly than expected since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they remain high and continue rising. Why? What is the role of obesity and its complications? For perspective, recently consulted with three diverse health industry professionals, including ConscienHealth Founder Ted Kyle. Investment in Prevention. Marcy Buckner […]

Is Obesity Becoming an Economic Issue?

April 13, 2016 — It might be that U.S. business leaders are finally ready to take on obesity as a serious economic issue. At a workshop of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academies in Washington Tuesday, diverse leaders from business, government, and even the banking system made the case that obesity is standing in the way of having […]

The Cost of Ignoring Obesity in an Epidemic of Diabetes

April 9, 2016 — A long history of ignoring obesity has racked up considerable costs for chronic diseases. This history was presented Friday in a symposium sponsored by the American Journal of Managed Care at their annual conference on patient centered diabetes care. Janine Kyrillos of Thomas Jefferson University described the considerable impact of AMA recognizing in 2013 that […]

Surgery Beats Diet and Exercise for Diabetes Remission

March 20, 2016 — Another study is adding to the evidence that bariatric surgery is probably the best bet we have for diabetes remission. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial, David Cummings and colleagues found that surgery beats diet and exercise for remission of type 2 diabetes. In this relatively small, well-controlled study, 60% of surgery patients had remission of […]

What’s Wrong with Your Employer Owning Your Health?

March 6, 2016 — The idea of your employer owning your health has been marching forward since the middle of the 20th century when employer-provided health insurance emerged as a response to labor unions and the fear of post-war inflation. By the mid-1960s, getting health insurance from your employer had become a standard benefit of employment that was nearly universal. […]

Expecting Too Much from BMI

February 10, 2016 — Flogging the limitations of Body Mass Index has become an easy sport. A new study in the International Journal of Obesity provides an excellent perspective on the problems with relying on BMI in isolation as an measure of health. Tomiyama and colleagues analyzed NHANES data for height, weight, and measures of cardiometabolic health, such as blood […]

Rising Disparities, Rising Obesity

January 27, 2016 — A growing body of evidence lends ever more credibility to the idea that rising disparities may have a great deal to do with the seemingly inexorable rise of obesity. The latest is experimental data, published in Appetite, showing that people eat more when confronted with feeling poor or poorer than people around them. The authors […]

Rationing Obesity Care

December 29, 2015 — One of the big hot button issues of Obamacare, healthcare rationing, has faded from public debate. But rationing of bariatric surgery — arguably a life-saving procedure — was a fact of life long before passage of the Affordable Care Act, and it continues to this day. A new publication in Social Science and Medicine by […]