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Research Article

Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure

  • Pieter H. M van Baal mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: pieter.van.baal@rivm.nl

    Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Johan J Polder,

    Affiliations: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Public Health Forecasting, Bilthoven, The Netherlands, Tilburg University, Department Tranzo, Tilburg, The Netherlands

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  • G. Ardine de Wit,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Rudolf T Hoogenveen,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Talitha L Feenstra,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Hendriek C Boshuizen,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Peter M Engelfriet,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Werner B. F Brouwer

    Affiliation: Erasmus University, Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Published: February 05, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050029

About the Authors

Pieter H. M van Baal, G. Ardine de Wit, Rudolf T Hoogenveen, Talitha L Feenstra, Hendriek C Boshuizen, Peter M Engelfriet
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Johan J Polder
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Public Health Forecasting, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Johan J Polder
Tilburg University, Department Tranzo, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Werner B. F Brouwer
Erasmus University, Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Email: pieter.van.baal@rivm.nl

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interest exist.

Author Contributions

PHMvB had the original idea for the paper, carried out the analyses, and drafted the initial manuscript. RTH developed the simulation model. All authors contributed substantially in developing and writing the paper. HCB is the guarantor.