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Global strategies to prevent childhood obesity: Forging a societal plan that works

Author: James WPT, Rigby NJ, Leach RJ, Kumanyika S, Lobstein T, Swinburn B
Organisation: International Association for the Study of Obesity
Publish Date: 2006
Country: Global
Sector: Health
Method: Scenarios
Theme: Food
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Obesity, Globesity, Cost implications, Health care, Commercial weight loss, Diet management, Nutrition, Physical activity, Sportswear

Obesity is the fifth-highest global risk for death, accounting for at least 2.8mn adult deaths a year. This means that a large proportion of health care spending is a direct or indirect consequence of obesity, with total health care costs more than 40% higher for obese patients than normal-weight patients. The annual cost of obesity-related illness in the US alone is estimated at US$190bn, or nearly 21% of the country’s annual medical spending. The future health, social and economic costs could be overwhelming, especially given high levels of global childhood obesity and growing obesity in emerging markets.
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