…per obese child.
A new study shows that over a lifetime the medical costs associated with childhood obesity total about $19,000 per child compared with those for a child of normal weight. The $19,000 estimate reflects direct medical costs such as doctors’ visits and medication but not indirect costs such as absenteeism and lost productivity into adulthood.
That is insane.
The costs are about $12,900 per person for children of normal weight who become overweight or obese in adulthood, according to the analysis by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore and published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
“In the case of childhood obesity, the real costs do not occur until decades later when these kids get adult health problems at a greater rate,” says lead author Eric Finkelstein, a health economist.
The estimates highlight “the financial consequences of inaction and the potential medical savings from obesity prevention efforts that successfully reduce or delay obesity onset,” Finkelstein says.
The study notes that when multiplied by the number of all obese 10-year-olds in the U.S. today, the lifetime medical costs for this age alone reaches roughly $14 billion. That’s nearly twice the Department of Health and Human Services’ $7.8-billion budget for the Head Start program in fiscal year 2012, the analysis says.
And reports of significant progress against child obesity in the United States have been premature, say the latest researchers who take a look at the data.
Overall child obesity rates are flat, and rates of severe obesity are rising, says a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics. And the idea that rates are plunging among preschoolers — heralded in a study and press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just weeks ago — did not stand up when researchers scrutinized a few extra years of data, says lead author Asheley Cockrell Skinner, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
The most troublesome new finding, Skinner says, is that the share of children and teens who are extremely obese increased, from 3.8% to 5.9% between 1999 and 2012. Those with the most severe form of obesity — equal to an adult with a body mass index of 40 — increased from 0.9% to 2.1%.
That is just awful. We need to do something about this.
Running Tip: Run very hard or very easy to reap the most benefits. The tendency to drift toward mid-level effort is common. A better approach is polarized training, in which most workouts are either very hard or very easy. In one study, runners using a program like this improved their 10K times by 5%, while those who did more running in the middle improved by just 3.6%.
And so the apartment is empty! Except for the sofa and desk that did not fit in my moving containers. Hopefully I can sell those without too much trouble. Now, it’s time to clean! I want that security deposit back! Kim cleaned with me last night–that is how all cleaning should go. Wine, snacks and girl talk. It makes cleaning so much better! We will be laughing about last night for ages.
Quote of the Day:
“Like a mountain climber friend of mine once said, when there’s no place to go but up, you go up.” -Lou Tice
Awhile back, Anthony made this Fluffy French Toast for us. I think it was after the Shamrock Shuffle. I had never done a “quick” French Toast (like in a frying pan)–I have always baked mine. But this turned out very well! I would make it again!
Fluffy French Toast
– 1/4 cup AP flour
– 1 cup milk
– 1 pinch salt
– 3 eggs
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon white sugar
– 12 thick slices bread
1. Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
3. Soak bread slices in the mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.
Courtesy of Allrecipes.com