Americans collectively spend nearly $237 billion per year on obesity-related health costs, said the personal-finance website WalletHub as it released its report on 2018's Fattest States in America as well as accompanying videos, along with interesting stats about diabetes in its Facts & Statistics infographic.
To determine which states contribute the most to America’s overweight and obesity problem, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics. They range from share of overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.
To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/fattest-states/16585/
Diabetes Facts & Statistics
- $327 Billion: Estimated cost of diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 ($237 billion in direct medical costs, $90 billion in nonmedical costs).
- $9,600: Average annual diabetes-related health care costs for patients.
- 2.3: Number of times by which a diabetes patient’s health care costs increase.
- 14 & 18 Years: Reduction in the average male and female type 1 diabetes patient’s life expectancy, respectively.
Although this report examines the prevalence of obesity, it also evaluates the levels of inactivity and overweight in each state. However, given the particularly harmful effects of obesity, we constructed a separate table below that focuses just on obesity rates to highlight the states in which the problem is most concerning. Both adults and children were considered for this separate ranking. A rank of No. 1 corresponds with the highest obesity rate.
For the full infographic, please visit: http://wallethub.com/blog/diabetes-statistics/41253/