Obesity Costs UK More Than War And Terrorism

The UK has been urged to take urgent action after a new study revealed that obesity is a greater burden to the country than armed violence, war and terrorism.

The study, conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), said the UK’s “obesity crisis” costs almost 47bn every year.

That is second only to the 57bn annual toll smoking takes on the economy, it found.

“The global economic impact of obesity is increasing,” the study said

“Today obesity is jostling with armed conflict and smoking in terms of having the greatest human-generated global economic impact.”

The annual loss attributed to armed violence, war and terrorism was estimated at 43bn.

The study blamed the growing crisis on an inadequate response from the Government, branding its policy on obesity as “too fragmented to be effective”.

It also warned that investment in obesity prevention was “relatively low given the scale of the problem”.

According to the MGI, the UK spends less than 638 million a year on obesity prevention programmes.

By contrast it spends 6bnannually on treating conditions linked to being overweight or obese.

A further 10bn is spent on diabetes, it claimed.

It called for an urgent “coordinated response” from the Government, retailers, restaurants and food and drink manufacturers, to tackle the problem, recommending a series of new measures.

They included portion controls on fast food packaged goods, the introduction ofhealthy meals in schools and workplaces and more physical education in school curriculums.

Over 2.1 billion people worldwide are estimated to be overweight or obese.

The MGI said that figure is on course to rise to almost half the world’s adult population by 2030.

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20 November 2014 | 3:05 am – Source: orange.co.uk


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