Obesity is associated with impaired physical functioning1

The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of impaired physical functioning, which may include limitations in mobility activities, such as walking and dressing.1,2
 

Obesity has a negative impact on physical functioning compared with normal weight (BMI 18.5 kg/m2 to <25 kg/m2)

Chart showing impact of BMI on physical functioning


a
SF-36=international health-related quality of life survey.

Adapted from Hopman WM, Berger C, Joseph L, et al. The association between body mass index and health-related quality of life: data from CaMos, a stratified population study. Qual Life Res. 2007;16(10):1595-1603.

    

People with obesity in the United States have higher health care costs3

With increased medical spending, obesity can become an economic burden on both public and private payers.3
 

People with obesity have higher health care costs than those with normal weight in the United Statesb

Chart showing increase in health care costs for obese patients


b
Health care costs associated with obesity are mostly due to treating obesity-related comorbidities.

Adapted from Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, Dietz W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer- and service-specific estimates. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009;28(5):w822-w831.


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References:

  1. Hopman WM, Berger C, Joseph L, et al. The association between body mass index and health-related quality of life: data from CaMos, a stratified population study. Qual Life Res. 2007;16(10):1595-1603.
  2. Sydall HE, Martin HJ, Harwood RH, Cooper C, Sayer AA. The SF-36: a simple, effective measure of mobility-disability for epidemiological studies. J Nutr Health Aging. 2009;13(1):57-62.
  3. Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, Dietz W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer- and service-specific estimates. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009;28(5):w822-w831.