The economic burden placed on healthcare systems by childhood obesity

Leonardo Trasande, Brian Elbel

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Abstract

The obesity epidemic has transformed children's healthcare, such that diabetes, hypertension and the metabolic syndrome are phrases more commonly used by child health providers than ever before. This article reviews the economic consequences of this epidemic for healthcare delivery systems, both in the short term when obesity has been associated with increased utilization, and in the long term where increased likelihood of adult obesity and cardiovascular disease is well documented. Large investments through research and prevention are needed and are likely to provide strong returns in cost savings, and would optimally emerge through a cooperative effort between private and government payers alike.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • cardiovascular disease
  • economic costs
  • healthcare utilization
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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