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Overweight man grabbing gut Spending associated with obesity and overweight has changed in some important ways over the past 10 years. (Photo: Towfiqu barbhuiya via Unsplash)

Obesity, not surprisingly, is a key driver of increased health care spending and reduced life expectancy in the United States. In 2016 alone, total medical costs attributable to obesity were $126 billion.

BMC Public Health recently analyzed the effect of obesity on health care spending from 2006 to 2016. The study looked at service line (emergency, inpatient and outpatient) and payer, using Body Mass Index categories from the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that spending associated with obesity and overweight has changed in some important ways over the past 10 years.

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