Excess direct medical costs of severe obesity by socioeconomic status in German adults

Thomas Von Lengerke, Jürgen John, Andreas Mielck & KORA Study Group
Objective: Excess direct medical costs of severe obesity are by far higher than of moderate obesity. At the same time, severely obese adults with low socioeconomic status (SES) may be expected to have higher excess costs than those with higher SES, e.g. due to more comorbidities. This study compares excess costs of severe obesity among German adults across different SES groups. Methods: In a subsample (N=947) of the KORA-Survey S4 1999/2001 (a cross-sectional health survey...