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Cost of Obesity Counter

PHIT World uses Worldometers as our resource for the "The Cost of Obesity Around The World is Rising".

Here is how Worldometers calculates this cost:

  • Obesity is defined under World Health Organization standards as having a body mass index over 30. Body mass index (BMI) is mass (weight in kilograms) divided by height (in meters) squared.
  • Cost represents the global direct and indirect economic impact of obesity, expressed in US dollars at purchasing power parity (PPP). It includes cost of lost economic productivity (accounting for nearly 70% of the total global cost of obesity), direct costs to health-care systems, and the investment to mitigate the impact of obesity (accounting for only 0.25%, or $5 billion, of the total cost, which is low compared with the investments to mitigate or prevent other health-related burdens.)


  • The annual cost of obesity worldwide has surpassed $2 trillion, equivalent to 2.8% of global GDP. This amount is equivalent to the GDP of Russia or Italy, and is increasing yearly.
  • In most developed economies, obesity ranks among the top three human generated economic burdens. The rank varies more widely in emerging markets.
  • High BMI drives between 2% and 7% of global health-care spending.
  • More than 500 million people, close to 7% of the global population, is obese.



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