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The Cost of Obesity Is Weighing Us Down

July 20, 2012
by Natasha Chen
News Channel 3, Memphis

 

Memphis recently ranked the “fattest” city in the U.S., Memphis has one of the highest rates of obesity. But the problem is not limited to people’s health. It’s also weighing down on our wallets.

Because of all the health complications that come with being obese, doctors’ visits and medication are obvious expenses.

But the cost goes beyond death, even to the funeral home where an obese person’s family is left paying a much bigger bill.

The health care system, the premiums we pay, and taxpayer dollars are all affected.

 

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