Chronic disease is costly

Specifically, chronic disease is costly to society. As noted previously, many of the behaviors that can lead to chronic disease are associated with the impact of living in poverty or experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences.


was spent on medical care per person in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Heart disease and stroke cost our health care system $199 billion per year and cause $131 billion in lost productivity on the job.​
  • The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion in medical costs and lost productivity in 2017.​
  • Obesity costs the US health care system $147 billion per year.​
  • The total cost attributable to arthritis and related conditions is about $300 billion per year including over $160 billion in indirect costs associated with lost earnings. ​
  • On average, 34 million school hours are lost each year because of unplanned dental care, and over $45 billion is lost in productivity due to dental disease.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion