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Paying a high price for obesity

We know that carrying around extra weight can take a toll on health. But if you’re overweight, your wallet can take a hit, too. People who are obese spend about $1,500 more each year on healthcare—that’s about 41 percent more—than an average-weight person, according to a recent study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, medical costs soar, since additional care is needed to treat the health conditions that obesity causes, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. According to the researchers, the best way to save money—and improve health—is to lower the obesity rate. Ward off obesity by making healthy food choices and being more physically active.