-- About 15 million people in the United States have morbid obesity, but only 1 percent of the clinically eligible population is treated for it through bariatric surgery.
-- Obese individuals spend 42 percent more on medical expenses and 77 percent more on medications per year than individuals of normal weight.
-- Direct obesity-related health spending reached $147 billion in 2008, double what it was a decade ago. It is projected to cost the U.S. $344 billion each year by 2018.
Source: American Society
for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
October 1, 2011
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