STUDY: Obese children add up $6,000 more in medical bills

(WXYZ) - It's been known that obesity can take a toll on a child's health, but a new study finds it can also put a strain on parents' wallets.

According to a study published in the journal, Pediatrics, parents who have an obese child pay about $6,100 more in medical bills than parents of children with a normal weight.

Researchers added up direct medical costs, including payments for doctor's visits and prescriptions. They found lifetime medical costs for obese children total about $19,000. Medical bills for children with a normal body weight total about $12,900.

Researchers believe the extra costs for obese children are related to health conditions that can be caused by obesity, including type two diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and sleep apnea.