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11.6% of all health insurance spending in the US goes towards obesity

Between 1987 and 2002, private spending on obesity-linked medical problems grew from $3.6 bln (2% of all health spending) to $36.

Between 1987 and 2002, private spending on obesity-linked medical problems grew from $3.6 bln (2% of all health spending) to $36.5 bln (11.6% of spending), Health Affairs study found. With about 30% of US adults now obese, treating these conditions is a leading driver of double-digit health care insurance premium hikes.