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Apr242013

Cost Estimates Miss Billions in Savings from Prevention Policies

Cost Estimates miss Billions of Dollars in Potential Long-Term Savings from Prevention Policies

The Campaign to End Obesity released a study today that puts effective obesity prevention efforts in their proper perspective. The study, “The Long-Term Returns of Obesity Prevention Policies,” recommends that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the agency responsible for estimating costs of proposed federal legislation, develop the capacity to estimate the costs of these policies over a 75-year horizon. The CBO generally uses a ten-year budget window, but effective preventive health measures can have long-run budgetary impacts that differ greatly from their ten-year projections, says the study.

For more on the study, click here. 

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