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Medical cost of obesity is higher than previously estimated
Los Angeles Times

The price of being fat may be worse than we thought.

According to a new report, obesity accounts for 17 percent of all U.S. medical costs each year — nearly double the 9 percent that researchers estimated last year.

The new study, from the National Bureau of Economic Research, concluded that obesity-related medical costs are closer to $170 billion per year than $150 billion — primarily because Americans are unlikely to report their true weights and because researchers have been overly cautious in the past.