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Australia: Obesity crisis costs billions every year

‘The Economic Costs of Obesity’ by Access Economics found that in 2005, 3.24 million Australians were obese, costing Australia about $3.7 billion.

Obesity epidemic costing Australia $3 billion a year

The Access Economics report author Lynn Pezzullo says the $3.7 billion were the financial costs of obesity, and on top of that there are about another $17 billion which were the loss of healthy life caused by obesity.  That’s because obesity is linked to cardiovascular diseases, to diabetes type two, and also to osteoarthritis and a number of cancers.

Read more: ABC net, The World Today, 18 October 2006

The Economic Costs of Obesity

Read the report

The growing economic cost of obesity in 2008: three years on

Read an updated report (PDF) August 2008

Published on October 15, 2006 in Australian news