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How much will obesity cost the economy by 2060?

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  • A recent study investigates the economic impact of obesity.
  • According to this research, the projected costs associated with obesity will account for an average of 3.6% of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2060.
  • Maintaining the 2019 rates of obesity or decreasing its prevalence by 5% from projected levels would reduce annual costs by up to 13% for some countries.

Obesity is associated with higher healthcare costs and a lower quality of life, as well as disability and premature mortality.

Currently, obesity contributes to more than 5 million deaths each year, globally.

According to a recent observational study, which appears in BMJ Global Health, obesity increased in every single country across the world between 1975 and 2016. Current estimates predict that if this rate continues, the condition will have a direct impact on the global…

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