The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The cost of obesity

    Obese people spend an additional $1429 a year — or 42% more — on healthcare than their normal-weight counterparts, according to research by RTI international and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    First, the details.

    • The costs for inpatient care, outpatient care, and prescription drugs paid by healthcare insurers for obese individuals (BMI more than 30 kg/m2) were compared to normal-weight individuals (BMI of 18.5 to 25 kg/m2).
    • The study ran from 1998 to 2006.

    And, the results.

    • The prevalence of obesity rose 37%.
    • Medical costs for obese individuals climbed to 9% of all medical costs.
    • Medical spending attributed to obesity rose 80% for prescriptions, 45% for inpatient care, and 27% for outpatient care.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Reforms that reduce the prevalence of obesity and related risk factors, including poor diet and inactivity.”

    It’s another salvo in the obesity wars.

    7/31/09 22:02 JR

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