World Obesity Day data released

New data from World Obesity show the global annual medical cost of treating obesity-related diseases is expected to reach US$1.2 trillion per year by 2025.

Released for World Obesity Day (11th October), the data show that 2.7 billion adults globally are expected to suffer from obesity and overweight by 2025. Investing in the prevention, early intervention and treatment of obesity will significantly reduce the costs of treating the various non-communicable diseases (NCDs) linked to obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and various forms of cancer. If left untreated, the costs of treating these diseases is expected to reach $555bn in the USA, $34.4bn in Brazil, $30.6bn in the UK and $50.2bn in Germany by 2025. We are therefore urging governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to invest in tackling obesity immediately.

The full data can be found on the World Obesity Day website along with 50+ country-specific infographics showing the projected costs of treating the consequences of obesity in each country. We also offer various resources to help you support our campaign,  including a template letter to send to your Health Minister and a social media guide to help you spread the word. Join us in sending out a clear message that we need to treat obesity now to avoid the consequences later.