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Economic Impacts Of Childhood Obesity In The United States

Author: HENRY O’LAWRENCE and OMAR SABHA
Published in IJED, Vol. 10 No. 2

ABSTRACT
This study looks at the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) among children; more specifically, depression, physical activity, obesity, and education by using data collected by the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). If statistics are broken down further by race and ethnicity, the numbers show a disparity exists mainly between Caucasian and African American women. Looking at the economic impact, there is increased risk for various chronic diseases and health conditions and the annual per capital medical spending for an obese person is 42% (1429) higher than someone who is not obese; At the same time, the prescription drugs for an individual who is obese cost $600 more per year than a normal weight individual. It is evidence that among low-income families suffering from obesity, health education and promotion play a significance role to enable people to improve their health and learn to manage and reduce various health risk factors.

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