publication . Other literature type . Article . 2011

The economic burden of obesity worldwide: a systematic review of the direct costs of obesity

D. A. Alter; Diana R. Withrow;
  • Published: 01 Feb 2011
  • Publisher: Wiley
In the last decade, the prevalence of obesity has increased significantly in populations worldwide. A less dramatic, but equally important increase has been seen in our knowledge of its effects on health and the burden it places on healthcare systems. This systematic review aims to assess the current published literature on the direct costs associated with obesity. A computerized search of English language articles published between 1990 and June 2009 yielded 32 articles suitable for review. Based on these articles, obesity was estimated to account for between 0.7% and 2.8% of a country's total healthcare expenditures. Furthermore, obese individuals were found t...
free text keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, MEDLINE, Obesity, medicine.disease, medicine, business.industry, business, Psychological intervention, Overweight, medicine.symptom, Environmental health, Social policy, Health care, Indirect costs, Gerontology, Alternative medicine, medicine.medical_specialty
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