Study: Obesity prevention could curb medical-care costs

10/20/2004 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The growing obesity problem in the U.S. is causing a rise in medical costs, according to a new study, which says it costs 37% more to treat obese patients than normal-weight patients. One health advocate supports the creation of a "Nutrition Superfund" that would impose a penny tax on soda to fund a national obesity prevention awareness program.

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