Health insurers gathered in Las Vegas for AHIP 2013 received a tutorial on the nation’s obesity problem and ways that insurers can help combat it from David Kirchoff, CEO at Weight Watchers International.

Daily food consumption is up by 250 calories today compared with the caloric consumption in 1970, he noted. Obesity costs the nation’s health system $250 billion a year, and at the current rate of obesity one-third of Americans will have diabetes by 2050. However, a 10 percent loss in weight can cut the risk for diabetes by 60 percent.

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