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The Suze Orman Show

Quiz: A Healthier And Wealthier You

Question 2 of 10

Which one of the following statements is true?

  1. Lifetime health-care costs for obese people are equal to those of smokers.
  2. Lifetime health-care costs for obese people are higher than those of smokers and healthy-living people (nonsmokers of normal weight) combined.
  3. Lifetime health-care costs for obese people are lower than those of smokers.
  4. Lifetime health-care costs for obese people are lower than those of healthy-living people.
Correct!

At first, it may seem surprising that lifetime health-care costs for the obese are actually lower than those of healthy-living people. But before you run out to the store to stock up on cheese fries and Little Debbie snack cakes, you might want to consider that the obese have low health-care costs because they have a significantly decreased life expectancy and therefore less years in which to incur medical expenses.

SOURCE: Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure | Public Library of Science Medicine

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