COMMENTARY

Advances in Obesity Management: 2014

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH

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December 11, 2014

In This Article

Global Obesity Costs Rise

McKinsey Global Institute recently released a report noting that obesity is responsible for about 5% of all deaths each year worldwide, and its global economic impact amounts to roughly $2 trillion annually, "nearly equivalent to the global impact of smoking or of armed violence, war, and terrorism."[17]

The main findings of this report include:

  • Existing evidence indicates that no single intervention is likely to have a significant overall impact.

  • Education and personal responsibility are critical elements of any program aiming to reduce obesity, but they are not sufficient on their own.

  • No individual sector in society can address obesity on its own—not governments, retailers, consumer-goods companies, restaurants, employers, media organizations, educators, healthcare providers, or individuals.

  • Implementing an obesity-abatement program on the required scale will not be easy.

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