Obesity global costs hit $2 trillion a year

Which part of the above statement is worse news? The fact that so much money that could be genuinely feeding the starving, is now spent treating the overfed, or the future levels of health problems that are on the way? 

The McKinsey Global Institute was released this new report on November 20, 2014, finding that:

  • The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually
  • 2.1 billion people (30% of the global population) are overweight or obese
  • Over 15% of health-care costs in developed economies pay for this
  • For example; obesity costs Canada’s health system $6 billion a year
  • As countries get richer, the rate of obesity rises
  • Nearly 50% of the world’s adult population are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2030
  • 42 million children under age five are currently overweight


 

Posted: Wednesday 7 January 2015