Understanding Obesity

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, health benefit professional Tom Harte discusses the risks associated with obesity. Up to 70% of the cost of health care in the United States is the result of preventable healthcare conditions, and this video series addresses the tremendous burden that obesity places on our nation’s economy.

    Tom Harte: Hi! My name is Tom Harte. I am a Board Member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and today I'm going to be discussing how to understand the high cost of obesity.

    Did you know that up to the 70% of the cost of healthcare in the United States of America as a result of preventable health care conditions; decisions that Americans make everyday have a dramatic impact on the cost of your health insurance premiums. In this video series, I will address the tremendous burden that obesity places on our nation's economy.

    Preventing the onset of lifestyle related disease is imperative to reining in these high health care costs. And there is a need for people to take more responsibility for their health which will reduce the overall health care costs. Next, I'll discuss the benefits of the wellness programs that address the issue of obesity and how cost-effective they can be, and finally, I'll examine the financial consequences of obesity and its impact on our nation's economy.

    Before we begin, let me tell you about myself and the National Association of Health Underwriters. NAHU represents more than 100,000 health insurance agents, brokers and consultants who provide insurance to millions of Americans. Our members serve employers, individual consumers in accessing and purchasing affordable health insurance and related products. As a board member of NAHU, I strive to effect positive change through involvement in the legislative process as well industries and professional organizations.

    So let's get started understanding the high cost of obesity.