Health Insurance Claims For Obesity-Related Conditions Rise For Children

According to a new analysis.

The number of health insurance claims filed for young people for conditions usually associated with older adults — such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea — has drastically increased between 2011 and 2015, according to an analysis released today.

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Fair Health, a nonprofit that serves as a “national clearinghouse for claims data,” reviewed the insurance claims of around 150 million people, and found that claims for Type 2 diabetes doubled for people under 23; claims for prediabetes rose 110 percent in children; high blood pressure claims rose 67 percent; and sleep apnea claims rose 161 percent.

Read more about the findings on NPR.