Posts Tagged ‘health economics’

Finding a Healthy Space Between Solitude and Isolation

December 24, 2016 — A quiet plague grows acute at this time of year – social isolation. It can trigger a host of chronic health problems, including obesity. Writing in the New York Times, physician Dhruv Khullar explains: Social isolation is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the […]

Watching Costs Pile Up for Untreated Obesity

December 1, 2016 — At a congressional briefing yesterday, the Milken Institute released a stark economic analysis of the costs piling up for untreated obesity. Obesity now costs the U.S. economy $1.4 trillion dollars. Those costs come almost entirely from the complications that result when obesity goes untreated and progresses to cause other diseases. The money spent on evidence-based […]

Weight Discrimination, Even Without Excess Weight

September 23, 2016 — Weight-based discrimination at work is a familiar problem for people living with obesity. But new research suggests that the problem might even affect people who don’t have obesity. Dennis Nickson and colleagues found weight-based discrimination against women even with BMI in a range considered to be healthy. In fact, they found that a woman with BMI of […]

The Elusive Price for Obesity

September 19, 2016 — Conversations about obesity almost inevitably come around to its costliness. Look for references on obesity costs and you’ll get a million results. But despite so much attention to economic analysis, putting a price on the diagnosis of obesity turns out to be quite a messy task. Even the relatively simpler matter of estimating direct medical costs […]

Does Exercise Save Money?

September 9, 2016 — The American Heart Association is promoting an analysis from its journal that suggests regular exercise can save money. In fact, the authors of this study find that medical expenses are about $2,500 lower annually for people who meet current guidelines for regular exercise. That’s at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. The […]

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, BenefitsPRO.com 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 […]