Today’s Reading List: Obesity’s global costs hit $2 trillion a year, report suggests

Today at Ontario’s Doctors, we look at the growing rate of obesity around the world. According to a new report, nearly half of the world’s adults will be overweight or obese by 2030 if present trends continue.

The report comes from the McKinsey Global Institute, that puts the global cost of obesity at $2 trillion – nearly as much as smoking.

Currently, a third of the world’s population suffers from nutritional deficiencies of the sort that caused 45 per cent of all child deaths in 2013, according to UN data. At the same time, 42 million children under age five are overweight and some 500 million adults were obese in 2010.

But where are the rates growing? The report suggests it’s in emerging markets.

In emerging markets, as countries get richer, the rate of obesity rises to the same level as that found in more developed countries. The report offers the stark prediction that nearly half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030 should present trends continue.

According to the Obesity Network, one in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children are clinically obese, meaning six million Canadians living with obesity

Visit the CBC to find out more about the report.

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List

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