Cost of global obesity to top $1.2tn a year
2 The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2tn every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the epidemic, according to estimates.
Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes worldwide. They are the biggest killers.
Over the next eight years, the experts say, the US will spend $4.2tn on treating obesity-related disease, Germany will spend $390bn, Brazil $251bn and the UK $237bn if these countries do not do more to prevent it.
The new figures come from the World Obesity Federation, which says there will be 2.7 billion overweight and obese adults by 2025 – a third of the global population.