A recent analysis of the costs associated with overweight and obesity has found the the total annual cost in North America to be $300B. The research found that the costs are largely driven by four primary areas:
- Increased medical care
- Loss of worker productivity
- Higher death rates
- Increases in worker disability
The study is titled “Obesity and its Relation to Mortality and Morbidity Costs.” The analysis was performed by the Society of Actuaries.