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Nov 20, 2014 6:41 PM

Worldwide cost of obesity rivals that of war and terrorism


A report released Thursday says the worldwide cost of obesity is up there with the worldwide cost of war.

The McKinsey Global Institute says obesity now costs the world economy up to $2 trillion a year. It came to the figure by adding up the cost of things like lost productivity because of obesity, and the cost treating conditions like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

The study estimates some 30% of the global population are overweight or obese.

Here is how obesity compares to other major world costs:
$2.1 trillion - War and terrorism
$2.1 trillion - Smoking. .
$1.4 trillion - Alcoholism
$1 trillion - Global warming


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