Health Statistics - The Cost Of Poor Health
Chester J. Zelasko, Ph.D. | May 2005

Did you know?
  • 65% of the adult population are overweight or obese.
    • That's over 144 million people.

  • 31% of the adult population are obese.
    • That's that’s almost 69 million people.

    And children are following in their parents footsteps!

  • 16% of our children are considered overweight.
    • That’s over 10 million children.

    Source: Centers for Disease Control, Census Bureau
Did you know?
We spend $1 trillion on food but $1.4 trillion on healthcare

Source: Health Care Financing Administration

Did you know?
The fitness and weight loss business is a $50 billion per year industry

Top Selling Drugs – 2003
$5.9 billion
$3.5 billion
$3.5 billion
$2.8 billion
$2.4 billion
$2.3 billion
$2.0 billion
Advair Diskus
$2.0 billion
$1.9 billion
Effexor XR
$1.8 billion
Total: $28.1 billion!

Source: NDC Pharmaceutical, 2004. Prices represent Wholsale Acquisition Costs

Most Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in the United States (2004)
Medication Condition Average Monthly Cost
Zocor Cholesterol $186
Prevacid Ulcer/GERD $172
Nexium Ulcer/GERD $137
Celebrex Arthirits $115
Effexor XR Depression $106
Lipitor Cholesterol $96
Zoloft Depression $94
Norvasc Hypertension $63
Glucophage Diabetes $52
Toprol XL Hypertension $36

Source: National Data Corporation, 2003

New High Tech Prescription Drug Costs
Betaseron Multiple Sclerosis $1000 per month
Enbrel Rheumatoid Arthritis $1000 per month

Source: Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Fall 2001

Did you know?
Diabetes is increasing:
  • 31% in those 50-59
  • 40% in those 40-49
  • and a whopping 70% in those under 39

    Source: Joslin Diabetic Clinic Report
Do you realize what you spend every month for:
  • Health Insurance - Cost & Increases?
  • Deductible - Cost & Co-pay costs?
  • Taxes for Medicare & Medicaid?
  • OTC drugs?
  • Cost of lost work days due to Workman's Compensation?
Quote For The Day
"In business, you make the right investment, you get a return. The same is true with your body. Look after it, and you'll realize a return."
Gary Player, 1997
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