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. 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:
Key Facts from the United States:
- 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%).