Smoking And Obesity Are Both Harmful To Your Health – Part 1 of 3
Smoking And Obesity Are Both Harmful To Your Health. Smoking and weight are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. Annual health-care expenses are largely higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the journal Public Health. In fact, obesity is really more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, the study concluded. And the cost of treating both problems is eventually borne by US society as a whole.
Obese people run up an average $1,360 in additional health-care expenses each year compared with the non-obese. The discrete obese patient is also on the hook for $143 in extra out-of-pocket expenses, according to the report. By comparison, smokers order an average $1046 in additional health-care expenses compared with nonsmokers, and pay an extra $70 annually in out-of-pocket expenses. Yearly expenses associated with obesity exceeded those associated with smoking in all areas of woe except for emergency room visits, the study found.
Study author Ruopeng An, assistant professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said it shouldn’t be surprising that the stout tend to have higher medical costs than smokers. “Obesity tends to be a disabling disease. Smokers die young, but people who are obese live potentially longer but with a lot of lingering illness and disabling conditions”. So, from a lifetime perspective, obesity could prove particularly burdensome to the US health-care system.