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 on January 01, 2005

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

Read More

Access further information on this document at

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

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

This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.