Cost of global obe­sity to top $1.2tn a year

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

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.

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