The financial impact of obesity is far from negligible. According to estimates, 2 to 7% of the total health care costs of the western world are linked to obesity.
The problem is therefore as profound as it is far ranging.
WHAT IS THE COST OF OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT?
International studies on the economic cost of obesity have shown that it represents from 2 to 7% of total health care costs; the percentage varies according to the method of analysis.
In England, the annual cost of obesity is estimated at 500 million pounds for social security alone, and the impact on the economy is estimated to be about 2 billion pounds. The human cost of obesity is estimated at 18 million days of sick leave; 30.000 years of professional life lost; and a shorter life span.
The social cost of obesity in Canada is an amazing 6 billion out of the health budget.
In the United Sates, obesity costs each year one hundred billion dollars, an amount that would easily cover the health care of millions of Americans without coverage, according to the president of NAASO (North American Association for the Study of Obesity), during their annual congress in Charleston.
“In the United Sates, the direct medical cost of obesity (treatment, medical visits, operations) is 51 billion dollars per year, to which can be added 49 billion in indirect costs linked to loss of productivity.”