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Obesity costs the world £1.3 trillion

  • Obesity’s worldwide cost is comparable to armed conflict, smoking, and more than climate change and alcoholism, according to new research.

    The cost tag has been calculated to be £1.3 trillion, which is 2.8% of the annual economic activity, the McKinsey Global Institute says.

    Around 2.1 billion people or 30% of the total world population are overweight or obese, the research says.

    According to the researchers, methods to tackle the problem, which “is now reaching crisis proportions," should rely less on individual responsibility.

     

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