American Health Foundation Roundtable on Healthy Weight. New York, NY USA, 1994/09/20.
Given that overweight is clearly associated with increased risk of many major chronic diseases, the United States could have saved $45.8 billion or 6.8% of health care expenditures in 1990 alone if obesity were prevented.
The question then arises, economically and socially, what is a healthy body weight ?
Using a prevalence-based approach to cost of illness, we estimated the economic costs (1993 dollars) associated with illness at different strata of body mass indexes (BMIs, in kg/m2) and varying increments of weight gain to address the questions : At what body weight do we initiate preventive services ?
What are the direct costs associated with weight gain ?
Second, using the 1988 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), we evaluated the marginal increase in certain social indexes reflective of functional impairment and morbidity (ie, restricted-activity days, bed days, and work-loss days) as well as physician visits associated with different strata of BMI.
With respect to economic and social indexes, a healthy body weight appears to be a BMI<25, and weight gain should be kept to<5 kg throughout a lifetime.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Poids corporel, Prise poids, Obésité, Economie santé, Soin, Homme, Congrès
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United States, North America, America, Body weight, Weight gain, Obesity, Health economy, Care, Human, Congress
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