Obesity and its Relation to Mortality and Morbidity Costs

Research Projects – Life Insurance

The Committee on Life Insurance Research is pleased to make the following report available. Authored by Donald F. Behan and Samuel H. Cox (University of Manitoba), along with a team of four contributing coauthors, this report looks at the total economic costs of overweight (BMI between 25.0-29.9) and obesity (BMI of 30 and above) in the U.S. and Canada. While much research has been conducted on obesity, the SOA study covers the economic costs of overweight and obesity caused by increased need for medical care, and loss of economic productivity resulting from excess mortality and disability.

The Committee on Life Insurance Research would like to thank the following individuals who served on the Project Oversight Group (POG):

  • Ping Wang–POG Chair
  • Jeff Beckley
  • Marianne Cumming
  • Tom Edwalds
  • Jeff Harper
  • Allen Pinkham
  • Jan Schuh–SOA Research Administrator
  • Ronora Stryker–SOA Research Actuary

If you have questions or comments on this research, please contact Ronora Stryker, SOA Research Actuary, at rstryker@soa.org.


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