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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1391

Obesity costs Australia $A21bn a year: The direct cost of Australia’s obesity epidemic was $A21bn (£13bn; €14bn; $19bn) in 2005, more than double the previous estimates for that year, a study by scientists at the University of Sydney has estimated (Medical Journal of Australia 2010;192:260-4). The study included the costs of overweight as well as obesity.

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