Short Summary:

Using a dynamic microsimulation model to project health and obesity prevalence in the Québec population indicates that a counterfactual elimination of obesity would reduce (annually and over the 2010-2050 period) by 864,055 the number of short-term hospitalization nights and by 665,000 the number of consultations with general practitioners and specialists, but would also lead to a significant increase in the number of insititutionalized individuals. It also appears from the analysis that obesity is responsible for 2.6% of health spending in Quebec and that it leads to 14% higher health care spending over a lifetime.

Publication Authors: Aurélie Côté-Sergent
Number: 14-08
Year: 2014