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Cost of Obesity Worldwide Hits $2 Trillion

The numbers from the just-released McKinsey Global Institute report on obesity are staggering:

  • global cost of obesity is $2 trillion annually
  • its impact is 2.8% of the global gross domestic product
  • 30% of the world’s population - about 2.1 billion - are either overweight or obese
  • the cost is almost equal to the impact of armed violence, war and terrorism … combined

The Report focuses on the economics of obesity. The authors say some of the reasons for such high numbers is because the fight against obesity has been sporadic and that a “systematic response” is now necessary.

Check out the story for more. 

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