The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a recent report on ‘The heavy burden of obesity’. Over the next 30 years, it is expected that OECD countries will spend 8.4% (on average) of their entire healthcare budget on treating the consequences of people being overweight.

Using microsimulation modelling, this book analyses the burden of obesity and overweight in 52 countries (including OECD, European Union and G20 countries), showing how overweight reduces life expectancy, increases healthcare costs, decreases workers’ productivity and lowers GDP. The report makes the urgent economic case to scale up investments in policies to promote healthy lifestyles and tackle this growing global public health problem. The book evaluates a number of policies which could significantly improve health outcomes while being an excellent investment for countries.

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