May 03, 2017
A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that if children between the ages of 8 and 11 participate in physical activities at least three times a week for 25 minutes, they could save the country $62.3 billion in future medical costs and lost wages.
The average lifetime medical cost for an overweight adult is $62,311, with another $93,075 in lost wages due to taking days off work for illness-related reasons.
“Physical activity not only makes kids feel better and helps them develop healthy habits, it’s also good for the nation’s bottom line,” says study leader Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA, executive director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center at the Bloomberg School. He says children who invest in healthy lifestyles will reap the financial benefits of their actions later in life.
Dr. Lee insists it’s necessary for parents and guardians to encourage less screen time and more time outside playing in order to secure both the child’s health and the health of our nation’s financial situation.
Read the full study at the School of Public Health site.