(Calgary, AB) According to a recent program that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) it was suggested that the total global cost of obesity was to reach 2 trillion dollars a year.
The focus of their program was a report released by the McKinsey Global Institute which focused on the economics of obesity, putting it among the top three social problems generated by human beings;It put its impact at 2.8 per cent of global gross domestic product.
The study says that 2.1 billion people or about 30% of the global population are currently overweight or obese and that about 15% of health care costs in developed countries are driven by this reality.
The study also goes on to suggest that as developing countries become richer, their rate of obesity will rise to the same level as that found in more developed countries. The study suggests that if this trend continues then by the year 2030 nearly half of the world's adult population will be overweight or obese.
When we look at Canadian obesity rates their statistics show that between 1985 to 2011 the level of adult obesity in Canada increase from 6.1% to 18.3%. According to Ian Janssed of The Queen's University of Kinesiology and Health Studies "that is because Canada generally invests in treating obesity rather than treating its causes."
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