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Weight Loss Saves Obese Adults Nearly $30,000

Obesity causes the U.S. nearly $210 billion a year in medical expenses, according to findings.
New study puts a price tag on weight loss, but health economist says more efforts need to be directed toward weight loss strategies.
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It’s not exactly news that maintaining a healthy weight lowers risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, ultimately saving money on healthcare costs. But exactly how much can dropping, 10, 20 or 30 pounds save?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University attempted to put, losing enough weight to meet the overweight classification at the age of 20 will save you $17,655 over the course of a lifetime. However, if someone lowers their BMI to what’s considered a healthy weight, the same person could save $28,020 in their lifetime.

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