Economic Costs of Unhealthy Living

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Loss of productivity in the workplace due to depression and anxiety is $1 trillion per year. Those who suffer depression and anxiety are often unable to attend work- which leads to employers having lower productivity. For the government, this leads to higher health welfare expenditures (World Health Organization).


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Physical inactivity and obesity are responsible for 500,000 premature deaths and $100 billion in health care costs annually in the U.S (Myers, 2008).

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In 2012, the medical costs of diabetes was $176 billion in the U.S., with cost of productivity lost at $69 billion. Diet and physical activity programs have been found to be cost-effective when delivered to persons at an increases risk of type 2 diabetes. When delivered in groups, these programs are considered economically efficient, especially for those with limited resources and an increased demand for services. Research has found that there is a median incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for diet and physical activity promotion programs of $13,761 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) (Li et al., 2015).