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Well everybody from President Obama leading Republicans keep telling the American people that we could cut our health care cost if we just got our obesity levels under better control.
What he said that except for our next guest you said that actually.
In the long run it may lower our health care costs down and amber is senior editor at slate.
Any joins us I forgive me love it maybe I need to reduce smaller increase health care costs on -- that well.
Dan tell us your your theory on this why doesn't it increase our health care cost -- salute the theory behind saying that obesity.
-- -- -- from the health care system is based on the idea that if you take two people.
Who are the same age have the same amount of money live in the same place but one of them is obese and one of them is optimal way.
The person who look who's obese is gonna have hypertension may be diabetes is gonna go to the doctor Moore -- gonna cost more and say and given what is the stats are that obese people cost companies more in law and not only just.
Caring for them and also lost productivity to get sick more.
Sure yes so in in that one given year that's true the obese person is going to be more expensive in terms of.
Health care expenditures then the equivalent person who's not obese but that person obesity is also a fatal disease I mean this is one of the reasons why.
We should be concerned about it these people -- shorter lifespan.
And the fact is that at the end of our lives is when we spend the most on health care.
So in fact the person who's obese is going to die younger.
And cost us less money so they're they're they're more expensive and health care in the front end.
But they do we know how left I mean it's sensitive argument I know and I know that you know obesity itself is not fatal necessarily but to so many diseases.
Chronic disease hypertension diabetes stroke -- are we -- -- fees directly associated with obesity we know the average life -- are with the difference might be.
Well there is a difference in in average lifespan and there was a study conducted.
In 2008 that actually looked -- if you look if you look at it not just one year at a time but across the entire lifespan but it's.
It cough money.
To cut down on obesity if we could somehow cure obesity.
With a magic pill.
We would end up costing the universe is not -- we don't want more people to get obese no I mean it would be crazy to suggest that you know we even though we are anyway again well we -- we are that we are as a nation getting yeah I mean.
But the way think about at the point of health care.
Is to promote how it's not to save money so if the president in his new budget wants to promote prevention and wellness and you know claims that this can reduce.
They've proven to reduce cost drivers in the health care system of smoking and obesity.
Well the fact is that it's exactly the reverse is true these people are gonna cost more for Medicare and social security and they're gonna die.
Expense of deaths in nursing homes of degenerative diseases like alzheimer's.
It finishing view and a number of senior editor it's like thanks for coming won't talk about appreciate it.
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