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Empty Pockets from Expanding Wasitlines - The Economic Implications of Childhood Obesity

By Julia Eddelbuettel Published December 5, 2019

From 2000 to 2016, the proportion of overweight children and adolescents worldwide doubled, going from 1 in 10 to almost 1 in 5, according to a recently published UNICEF report. This increase in obesity causes significant problems for individuals and society beyond the obvious health concerns; in their future, these children will face lower levels of productivity, high mortality rates, and higher health-care costs to treat the comorbidities of obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.