March 26, 2010

Obesity in Australia: financial impacts and cost benefits of intervention

Research shows that obesity intervention policies aimed at reducing the prevalence of obesity in Australia will yield strong benefits for the economy.

The direct and indirect costs of obesity and obesity-related illnesses in 2008/09 were estimated to be $37.7 billion. Loss in productivity due to obesity through absenteeism, presenteeism and premature death is estimated to be $6.4 billion a year. And it is estimated that 7,200 Australians die each year due to obesity and obesity-related illness.

This report considers the financial implications of intervention against the costs of doing nothing.

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