November 23, 2014

Costs It $2 Trillion. a Year.

1 Obesity a Huge Drag on World Economy

A study just published by international economic research consultants at the McKinsey Global Institute concludes that the increase in obesity worldwide now costs the world economy $2 trillion annually in health-care expenses, lost productivity, and measures taken to deal with the problem. That figure, roughly equal to the gross domestic product of Russia, ranks obesity as humanity's third greatest economic burden, just behind armed conflict and smoking, at $2.1 trillion each. And it may overtake them, since the number of overweight or obese people on earth continues rise, up from 857 million in 1980 to roughly 2.1 billion today, an increase of nearly 150 percent. On a more local level, the cost of obesity in the U.S. is now estimated to total $663 billion per year.

More at Blogs.wsj.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Obesity Rates Now Climbing Worldwide

Tags: Obesity and the Economy, Global Obesity Cost, Economic Cost of Obesity, Annual Cost of Obesity Worldwide

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Big Price Tag

2 Missing Work for Obesity Costs $8 Billion

Obesity's effects aren't cheap as new research finds that obesity-attributable absenteeism for U.S. adults can cost as much as $8.65 billion per year. That figure is more than 9 percent of all absenteeism costs. The study, published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is the first to provide estimates for how much obesity is costing each state when workers have to call in sick. For example, obesity-attributable absenteeism in California costs $907 million. The study was completed by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: American Obesity Leveling Off

Tags: Cost of Obesity, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, Absenteeism Workplace Obesity

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Troponin T Reveals Damage

3 Obesity Can Cause Silent Heart Damage

Obesity can lead to heart muscle damage and increased risk for heart failure even in the absence of overt heart disease, say researchers. The findings show that obesity can cause heart muscle injury independently of other risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found the heart damage using an ultrasensitive blood test that shows measurements for the protein troponin T, which is released from damaged heart muscle cells. Researchers found that levels of troponin T rose as body mass index, or BMI, increased. The research is published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Excessive Training May Damage Heart

Tags: Heart Failure Risk Factors, Heart Muscle, Johns Hopkins, Obesity Risk Factors in Women, Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, How Obesity Harms

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Scalp Sensors Tell All

4 Imagination, Reality Flow Oppositely in Brain

While imagining things, or daydreaming, information in the brain flows in the opposite direction from information associated with reality. Researchers used sensors (EEG) placed on the scalp to measure electrical activity and discern between the different areas of the brain's network. They found that during imagination, there's an increase in flow of information from the the brain's parietal lobe to the occipital lobe. However, when visual information is absorbed by the eyes, such as while watching a video, the flow is in the opposite direction -- from the occipital lobe to the parietal lobe. The study, published in NeuroImage, may be useful for developing new tools that can untangle the events in the brain during sleep and dreaming, or study how the brain encodes short-term memory.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Reality Teen Pregnancy Shows Reduced Births

Tags: EEG, NeuroImage, Imagination Versus Reality, Electroencephalography, Daydreaming Brain

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