The Health and Cost Consequences of Obesity Among the Future Elderly

Published In: Health Affairs - Web Exclusive, Sep. 26, 2005, p. W5-R30-W5-R41

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Darius N. Lakdawalla, Dana P. Goldman, Baoping Shang

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Obesity could have serious consequences for older cohorts. The authors used a microsimulation to estimate lifetime costs, life expectancy, disease, and disability for seventy-year-olds based on body mass. Obese seventy-year-olds will live about as long as those of normal weight but will spend more than

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