Heavy burden: Obese people spend more on health

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 20.10.2019 17:38
Updated 20.10.2019 18:16
Obesity is a growing problem among OECD countries, according to a recent report. (FILE PHOTO)
Obesity is a growing problem among OECD countries, according to a recent report. (FILE PHOTO)

Obese people spend two and a half times more money on their health compared to people of normal weight, according to a recent report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The report titled, "The Heavy Burden of Obesity – The Economics of Prevention," analyzed obesity patients in 52 countries.

Accordingly, more than 50% of the population is currently overweight in 34 out of 36 OECD countries, and almost one in four people are obese.

OECD countries already spend 8.4% of their total health budget on treating obesity-related diseases: a total of $311 billion, or $209 per capita, per year.

The report pointed out that 12% of the health costs in Turkey are going to obesity-related illnesses, which correspond to $99 per capita annually. It also claimed that Turkey will be among the countries where people spend more money on health due to obesity related illness by 2050.

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