Report: Mass. Could Save $5 Billion By Losing A Little Weight

June 25, 2012
by Carey Goldberg
WBUR in Massachusetts


In February, the non-profit Trust For America’s Health put out a national calculation of how much money we Americans could save if we reduced our average Body Mass Index by 5%. The report, “Bending the Obesity Cost Curve,” figured we could save more than $29 billion in health costs in five years.

Now, the Trust has just sent over the Massachusetts numbers, and though the state generally tends to ace various indicators of healthiness, the stats suggest we could still save a mint.

Today, TFAH has released the same modeling study for the state of Massachusetts, finding that reducing BMI by five percent could lead to health care savings of more than $5 billion in 10 years and $14 billion in 20 years for the state.

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