A new study by the New England Journal of Medicine reports that high body weight contributed to 4 million deaths globally — or 7 percent of the deaths from any cause — in 2015.
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Here in Australia obesity costs us over $5 billion per year.
While overseas cities, states and countries are trying many solutions, the Australian government has done little to prevent this national heavy financial burden but fights tenaciously to retain the GST on tampons and seems obsessed with terrorism.
Multinationals reap huge profit returns from sugared drinks while many Australian farmers who produce healthy foods struggle to survive.
The disability toll from obesity is also significant, for example, “in 2012–13, there were 3,570 lower limb amputations (major and minor) provided in hospital to admitted patients with a diagnosis of diabetes.” ref AIHW