A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports.
Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans’ health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.
Credit:Julie McMahon, University of Illinois
The paper: “Health care expenses in relation to obesity and smoking among U.S. adults by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group: 1998–2011.”Doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2014.11.003