THE COSTS OF OBESITY
THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY AND PHYSICAL INACTIVITY AMONG CALIFORNIA ADULTS - 2006
OVERVIEW. On July 9, 2009, the
THE STUDY. Commissioned by CCPHA, this analysis builds on a similar study published in 2005 by the California Department of Health Services which described the economic costs of overweight, obesity and physical inactivity in 2000. The updated report is based on the latest available data and scientific research on the relationship between overweight, obesity and physical inactivity, and their collective impact on health care expenditures and worker productivity. The analysis estimated costs for the state as a whole and for California counties. The study was conducted by Chenoweth & Associates, Inc., the same health econometrics consulting firm that conducted the previous study. For summary information, see the Press Release, Press Kit, accompanying Policy Brief and Economic Costs Associated with Overweight, Obesity, and Physical Inactivity in California Counties.
POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS. To reduce the economic burden associated with overweight, obesity and physical inactivity, policies must be established at all levels to promote healthy eating and physical activity. At the national level, public health and prevention must be core elements of national health care reform. At the state level, agencies that influence environments where Californians live, work, learn and play must promote health through their policy and funding decisions. At the city and county level, local policies must be established to ensure that California communities are places where residents can easily make healthy eating and activity choices. See this list of key policy recommendations.
Support for this project was provided by a grant from The California Endowment.