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Study Calculates Individual Cost of Obesity

Obesity annually costs $4,879 and $2,646 for women and men, respectively, according to a first-ever report on the individual cost of obesity released by The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy. 

“These data, coupled with the widely-reported costs of obesity to society, continue to highlight the enormous overall financial impact of this epidemic,” said Christine Ferguson, J.D., Professor of Health Policy. “Being able to quantify the individual economic burden of excess weight may give new urgency to public policy discussions regarding solutions for the obesity epidemic.” 

The steady stream of studies detailing the enormous financial and personal burdens associated with obesity presents an opportunity for IHRSA clubs to be recognized as a key component of the nation’s anti-obesity efforts. Is your club reaching out to individuals struggling with obesity in your community? We’d love to hear about it; please contact us at

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