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Obesity costs UK economy £2bn a year

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1308-d (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1308
  1. Ioana Vlad
  1. BMJ

    The direct cost of obesity to the NHS is £0.5bn ($0.9bn; €;0.7bn), while the indirect cost to the UK economy is at least £2bn, Liam Donaldson, England's chief medical officer, told a conference in London last week.

    The obesity epidemic affects all the developed countries to different degrees, with the prevalence reaching more than 25% in some states in the United States and 20% in Australia. In the United Kingdom 22% of men and 24% of women are obese, he said.

    Professor Donaldson was speaking at a conference organised by the Westminster Diet and Health Forum, a private organisation with parliamentary support that facilitates cross party debate on public policy issues.

    Speakers attributed the growth in obesity to a variety of causes. Mike Kelly, director of research and information at the Health Development …

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