Financial Impact of Obesity

  • L. Barrios
  • D. B. Jones
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 Obesity is associated with serious medical conditions, psychosocial problems, and major health costs. Medical illnesses associated with obesity include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, coronary artery disease, stroke, cancer, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, obstructive sleep apnea, degenerative joint disease, and back pain. Socially, obese individuals may suffer from discrimination at work, lower wages, inability to find a love companion, and overall poor quality of life.

As the prevalence of obesity soars, the number of bariatric operations performed in the United States has increased dramatically over the last decade. Weight loss surgeries such as the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable  gastric band placement, and  sleeve gastrectomy are being performed more frequently in adults, and are now also being performed in children and adolescents. This article summarizes findings from recent studies discussing the financial implications of these trends. Specifically, we address the high medical costs associated with weight related co-morbid illnesses, and we discuss the indirect costs to employers of the obese workforce.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Sleeve Gastrectomy Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band 
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List of Abbreviations:


Body Mass Index


Biliopancreatic Diversion


Cost-Effectiveness Analyses


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band


National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey


Quality Adjusted Life Year


Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass


Sleeve Gastrectomy



We would like to thank Ms. Shannon Fischer for her editorial assistance with this manuscript.


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