This is a must-read article citing latest research from the McKinsey Global Institute. Check it out!
via Obesity Epidemic Costs World $2 Trillion a Year, Study Says – Real Time Economics – WSJ.
Let me give you a flavor:
The global obesity epidemic is costing the world economy $2 trillion a year in health-care costs, investments to mitigate its impact and lost productivity, according to a new study published Wednesday by the McKinsey Global Institute.
Here are some open questions:
- Is it time to take a hard-look at the economic and social costs of obesity?
- Should responsible governments raise taxes or reduce benefits for the obese?
- What about sending the obese to “health camps”, where their food intake is monitored and they are given the opportunity to do communal work?