Obesity Epidemic Costs World $2 Trillion a Year, Study Says – Real Time Economics – WSJ

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:

  1. Is it time to take a hard-look at the economic and social costs of obesity?
  2. Should responsible governments raise taxes or reduce benefits for the obese?
  3. What about sending the obese to “health camps”, where their food intake is monitored and they are given the opportunity to do communal work?



In Defense of EU Complexity – Carnegie Europe

This is an interesting article by Justin Vaïsse, director of policy planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and published by global think tank, Carnegie Europe

via In Defense of EU Complexity – Carnegie Europe

Personally, I strongly disagree with the author’s viewpoint. I worry deeply about the EU’s application of sanctions. Of the two cases cited, Iran and Russia, Russia is able to respond militarily. It’s not enough for the EU to argue that there are no military solutions to the Ukraine crisis, for example.

For me, complexity weakens vision, strategy and delivery. Major players like China and Russia will ignore complexity and cut to the chase.

Let me ask an open question:

Do you think that there is ever an effective justification for EU complexity?