Paris (dpa) - Overweight will cost more than 90 million lives in industrialized and emerging countries over the next three decades. Obesity-related or overweight-related illnesses are expected to reduce life expectancy by almost three years on average.
According to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, there will be around 92 million corresponding premature deaths by 2050
More than half of the population in 34 of the 36 OECD countries is overweight, according to experts, and almost one in four is obese. This also slows down the economy in the countries and affects prosperity: According to the study, obesity reduces the gross domestic product in the industrialized countries by an average of 3.3 percent. In the European Union, the likelihood of people in the lower income group being obese is significantly increased. This consolidates inequality, the researchers say.
Overweight has negative consequences, especially for children. The OECD has found that overweight children in school are harder and get lower grades. The likelihood of obese children achieving good school performance is 13 percent lower than others. They also lacked longer than children with healthy body weight in school and would be bullied more often by their classmates, the experts said.
As an aid to obesity, the OECD mentions a number of options such as advertising bans, warnings or seals on food, ban on certain fats, campaigns on mass media or school programs. The OECD brings together the most developed economies and emerging economies such as Mexico or Turkey.