April 27th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Interactive: Obesity rates and cost, by state

Program Note: Don't miss our coverage of the high cost of obesity tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Centers for Disease Control

Overweight and obesity and their associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system. Medical costs associated with overweight and obesity may involve direct and indirect costs. Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity. Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs. Morbidity costs are defined as the value of income lost from decreased productivity, restricted activity, absenteeism, and bed days. Mortality costs are the value of future income lost by premature death.

Click on the interactive above to find obesity rates for each state and corresponding economic costs.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Denise

    I know sometimes there are medical reasons for obesity but it can be worked around. My daughter has diabetes. The insilin she is on has put some weight on her. But her doctor put her on a carb restricted diet to help her out. Her weight is getting much better and she is feeling better about herself as well.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  2. Brenda

    I am obese, I wish I wasn't. Many family members are obese. Is this inherited or learned behavior? I have been on many different diets, and have lost a lot of weight, over the years. My problem is I always gain my weight back, plus additional pounds. I don't want to make excuses, I am responsible for my actions, but for some of us weight control is a constant, ongoing battle.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  3. Maria H-Miami

    I have some obesed relatives, don't hold your breath that this report will make any difference to them, in one ear out the other. Most obesed people don't think there's anything wrong with them, they think we thin people are the ones with a problem, obsession and do find thinnest ugly.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:09 am |