Obesity Costs Almost As Much As War And Terrorism
The newest estimate of the cost of obesity is pretty jarring — $2 trillion. But how did researchers get to that number?By Sebastian Martinez | November 20, 2014
It's easy to get lost in the sea of statistics surrounding the obesity epidemic, but this most recent number jumps out at you — $2 trillion.
That's the impact a study says the obesity epidemic has on the global economy, putting it just behind war and terrorism, and smoking. (Video via ABC)
Analysis from the McKinsey Global Institute cites the number of obese people in the world — some 2 billion — and argues an intervention is needed because current trends would leave close to half of the world's population obese by 2030.