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• healthcare costs from the age of 20 until death were 12% higher for healthy-living people than obese people and 28% higher than smokers.

The study's conclusion states:

Although effective obesity prevention leads to a decrease in costs of obesity-related diseases, this decrease is offset by cost increases due to diseases unrelated to obesity in life-years gained. Obesity prevention may be an important and cost-effective way of improving public health, but it is not a cure for increasing health expenditures.[51]

* In 1998, the British Medical Journal published a study examining the cost effectiveness of preventing fatal diseases in the Netherlands. The study found that

lengthening life generally will increase healthcare needs, particularly needs for long term nursing care as most life years are added to old age. …
…. If we eliminate a specific cause of death, we simply die later from another. In the meantime we grow older, become generally more disabled, and need more care.
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