Obesity Costs $92k Per Person

Obese people cost society an estimated additional $92,000 during their lifetimes, and the source of the costs might surprise you.

If all 12.7 million American youths with obesity became obese adults, the costs to society could exceed $1.1 trillion over their lifetimes, according to a study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution.

The study found that in addition to higher healthcare costs, several factors result in society footing a bill of $92,235 more than a normal person during their lifetime. Those include a loss of productivity and costs for short-term disability.

Brookings reviewed completed studies and extrapolated the costs for obesity. It examined 1,000 people between 20 and 24 years old with a range of body mass indices.

The think tank also concluded that the increased costs for obesity aren’t offset by the higher mortality rate of obese people.