Posted on Feb 5, 2019
Associated Specialty Insurance Agency, Inc.
Obesity is effectively an epidemic in the United States. The amount of adult Americans considered obese was cited at around 39.8% in 2015 and 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which translates to about 93.3 million U.S. adults. According to projections done by the National Health Forum, that number is expected to rise to nearly 50% by the year 2030. The high obesity rate negatively impacts medical costs in the country, with the annual estimated medical costs for someone suffering from obesity totaling an average of $1,429 higher than the costs for someone of normal weight.