The Heavy Burden of Obesity

The Economics of Prevention

Almost one in four people in OECD countries is currently obese. This epidemic has far-reaching consequences for individuals, society and the economy. 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.

Published on October 10, 2019

In series:OECD Health Policy Studiesview more titles

SUMMARIESavailable in 6 languages

English The Heavy Burden of Obesity (Summary in English)
French Le lourd fardeau de l'obésité
Spanish La pesada carga de la obesidad
German Die schwere Last der Fettleibigkeit
Japanese 肥満という重荷
Italian Il pesante onere dell'obesità


Acronyms and abbreviations
The heavy burden of obesity and the economics of prevention
Executive summary
The heavy burden of obesity
Overweight, poor diet and physical activity: Analysis of trends and patterns
The economic burden of obesity
The relationship between childhood obesity and educational outcomes
Promoting healthier diets and active lifestyles: Policies and best practices
Impact of obesity policies on health and the economy
Special focus: The health and economic impact of food reformulation
The impact of obesity policies on the food and drink industry
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