The increasing numbers of obese in the world is costing the economies. The annual bill for the productivity that has been lost and treatments of diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and some type of cancers has cost the economy $2 trillion. The study was stated in a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute. The study states that around 2.4 million people die every year due to the diseases that are passed unto them due to being over weight. These statistics have been also published by the World Health Organization.
“The best way to contain the cost of the obesity epidemic is likely to be a combination of top-down corporate and government interventions, together with bottom-up community-led ones”, the McKinsey analysts stated. So portion control, and changing the composition and availability of high-calorie foods could go hand-in-hand with educating parents and schoolchildren, under the plans outlined.
Food is now widely available, and does not cost heavy on the pockets. The foods which include fats, and also sweeting products, which are high on calories are also available for cheap prices. There has also been a high decline in exercising and self maintenance. The lifestyle of this century keeps no time for adults to take a walk or have a calorie check done. Depression due to work also makes a person eat a lot, and thus gain weight. Also there’s a lot of desk work involved in the world today.
The costs of obesity to the economy are acute in the U.K., as there are a group of members of the parliament who have been effectively looking into the matter. The McKinsey report has stated that having control over meals, eating in portions, and regulating the portions are effective ways and means to curb obesity. However, it gets difficult for governments to keep a tab on personal diets of the citizens.