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Claims for conditions in which obesity either is a risk factor or is strongly associated have shown a striking increase in the past decade, according to a UnumProvident report.

“The increase in the incidence of disability claims for conditions related to obesity is alarming, and illustrates the potential scope, in terms of burden of suffering and the increase in health-care costs, attributable to the obesity epidemic,” said Robert Anfield, the company’s vice president and medical director. “It is clear that health and disability consequences of obesity are extensive and present daunting challenges.”

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