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Report: Obesity Costs Global Economy $2 Trillion

Obesity costs the global economy as much as smoking or war and terrorism, and exacts a toll greater than that caused by alcoholism. The price tag in healthcare costs and missed work days as a result of obesity is estimated to hover around 2.8 percent of the yearly global economy, or $2 trillion. According to the report by the McKinsey Global Institute, more than two billion people — roughly one-third of the world's population — are overweight or obese, and by 2030 that percentage...

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