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Americans losing weight could save healthcare billions

Posted On Fri, February 10, 2012

A recent report from the Trust for America's Health showed that the American healthcare system could be able to save a significant amount of money if the average body mass index is decreased by approximately five percent.

The report noted that in five years, the return could be approximately $29 billion in total healthcare-related savings. In addition, in 10 years, there could be $158.1 billion saved, while that number could spike to $611.7 billion in 20 years.

"Prevention is the key to halting the obesity epidemic, lowering health care costs and creating a long-term path to a healthier and economically sound America," said Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, who also serves as chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

Consumers who want to lose weight, but are experiencing some difficulty may want to consult a doctor. If they lack the proper healthcare coverage, it may be a smart plan to compare affordable health insurance rates online. Finding a quote does not have to be difficult, as there are many plans available.

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