There’s little argument that people with chronic overweight orobesity challenges tend to face related health problems duringtheir lives. Such illnesses as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers havebeen directly tied to excessive weight.

But what if we could tell someone at age 20, 30 or 40 exactlyhow much being overweight or obese would cost them during theirlifetime? And what if that information would include not justmedical costs, but societal costs as well -- primarily lost wagesdue to lower productivity?

That’s what a team led by Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor ofInternational Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School ofPublic Health, and Executive Director of the Global ObesityPrevention Center set out to do.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.