Costs It $2 Trillion. a Year.
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.