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by Aaron Tabor, MD Diet & Anti-Aging Expert

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A new obesity report, Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit Not Fat, published yesterday from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) indicates that the population of many of the world's leading economies are continuing to become more overweight and obese and that American's are leading the charge[1]. While this organization is better known for economic-related forecasts, the impact of obesity on country economics prompted the development of this new obesity report. While the full report is available only through purchase, parts of the report like the executive summary and some of the country data are available to read at no cost. Some of the key facts from this new obesity report are listed below.

Key Facts from the 33 OECD Countries:

  • 50% of the population in nearly half of the OECD countries is overweight or obese.
  • Children with at least one obese parent are 3-4 times more likely to become obese
  • Obesity results in a 25% higher cost of healthcare expenses. In fact, according to this study, obesity is responsible for 1-3% of total healthcare costs in most OECD countries (5-10% in the U.S.)
  • Obesity decreases life expectancy by 8-10 years.
  • Poorly educated women are 2-3 times more likely to be obese than women with a high level of education.
  • Japan and Korea have the lowest prevalence of overweight (~25%) and obese (3%) individuals.
  • The United States and Mexico have the highest rates of overweight (nearly 70%) and obese (~33%) people.
  • The United States and Scotland have the highest rates of childhood obesity (35%).

Key Facts from the United States:
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@ 1:26am ET on September 30, 2010 That percentage is very alarming! Yes, I believe poor education contributes to the number of obese cases. We should train our children at home when they begin solid intake. They should be exposed to nutritious food rather than delicious food. We should know how to discipline them in terms of food intake so when they grow up they know how to eat right food. This is really something we should pay attention to. Meanwhile, on economy,Wall Street Banks are in trouble because of the credit crunch after the financial crisis. While major U.S. financial institutions received billions in government bailouts, they've been refusing to make loans. President Obama is encouraging more small company financing. In fact, he met with Financial institution executives at the White House to discuss this very thing. One of the ideas suggested was to take a "second look" at loan applications. That meeting encouraged major U.S. banking institutions to start the second look products. 2nd look may really be helping, after nine months of observation.
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