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Economic burden of obesity and its comorbidities in Switzerland

Schmid, Alexandra and Schneider, Heinz and Golay, Alain and Keller, Ulrich. (2005) Economic burden of obesity and its comorbidities in Switzerland. Sozial- und Präventivmedizin, Jg. 50, Nr. 2. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To estimate the total annual economic costs caused by overweight and obesity in Switzerland. METHODS: Top-down estimation of direct treatment costs for obesity including medication, nutritional counselling, and surgical interventions was carried out. Using Swiss prevalence data (2002) and literature-based estimates of the relative risks the population attributable fraction (PAF) was calculated for 18 overweight- and obesity-related diseases. PAF was then used in combination with estimates of the total (direct and indirect) health care costs of these diseases to estimate the economic burden of obesity for Switzerland. RESULTS: The estimated total costs in Switzerland amounted to CHF 2691 million per year (on cost basis 2001). Allowance for uncertainty in parameter assumptions and values in the published literature used applying a sensitivity range of +/- 20% gave a cost range of between CHF 2153 and 3 229 millions, representing approx. 2.3-3.5% of total health care expenditures. Overweight and obesity contribute each approx. 50% to these costs. CONCLUSION: Overweight and obesity represent a considerable financial burden to the Swiss society. According to their present trends, this economic burden is expected to grow over the coming years.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Former Units at DBM > Metabolism (Keller/Müller)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Klinische Endokrinologie (Keller)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Klinische Endokrinologie (Keller)
UniBasel Contributors:Keller, Ulrich O.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Birkhäuser
ISSN:0044-3379
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:02 Oct 2015 10:00
Deposited On:02 Oct 2015 10:00

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