£47bn cost of obesity is a bigger economic burden than terror

Published on 01/04/2015

Obesity costs the economy almost £47 billion a year, more than war, armed violence and terrorism, according to a new report.

Second only to smoking, obesity creates an annual loss worth 3 per cent of GDP, according to the study commissioned by the consultants McKinsey & Company. The report lists 44 interventions that could help bring 20 per cent of overweight people back to normal weight within five to ten years.

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