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OECD to launch new report on obesity and the economics of prevention – Thursday 10 October 2019

Overweight and obesity rates among adults continue to climb across OECD countries. Childhood and morbid obesity have gone from a rare event to a common occurrence. Obesity now poses an alarming burden on individuals, societies and economies in OECD countries and beyond.

A new OECD report, The Heavy Burden of Obesity – The Economics of Prevention, will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time on Thursday 10 October 2019, the day before World Obesity Day. It analyses the economic, social and health costs of the rising number of people who are obese or overweight. By linking its advanced microsimulation model with the OECD’s long-term projection model, this report estimates the impact of obesity on health expenditure and the wider economy in 52 countries to 2050. The analysis also shows how obesity not only reduces life expectancy but also damages pupils’ school performances, workforce productivity, and undermines economic growth.

The report, together with country notes for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom, will be available under embargo on Wednesday 9 October. Requests should be sent by e-mail to In asking to receive it under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures.

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