Research

Obesity Rates Have Risen, Generating Enormous Costs

  • According to the latest U.S. CDC report, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Nearly 70% are either obese or overweight
  • U.S. States
    1. Obesity rates are >35% in 3 states (Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi)
    2. 22 states have rates >30%
    3. 45 states are >25% and
    4. Every state is >20%
  • Annual medical costs of obese individuals are ~$1,500 greater than those of persons of normal weight.
  • Heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are all obesity-related conditions, and are among the leading causes of preventable.

Weight Loss Surgery: Facts & Figures

  • Nearly 200,000 bariatric surgeries are performed annually in the U.S.
    • Despite its risks and limitations, demand for bariatric surgery has increased >1000% since 1992, with CAGR ~7% over the past four years.
    • Many hospitals have waiting lists for bariatric surgery.
  • Weight Loss Surgery is Costly
    • Bariatric surgery costs $25,000–$50,000 total per procedure.
      Average Surgery Costs:
      Adjustable Gastric Band [$15,000]
      Duoendal Switch [$30,000]
      Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass [$25,000]
      Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy [$17,000]
    • Average length of hospital stay: 2-3 days.
    • Recovery is often lengthy; most patients do not return to normal activities for at least two weeks.