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Previous studies estimated 10 percent. Medical costs for treating obese patients are 40 percent higher than for non-obese patients. Treating obese patients comes at a higher premium than treating smokers. Obesity adds 50 percent to annual medical costs, while smoking adds 20 percent. High levels of global childhood obesity and growing obesity in emerging markets will further increase global costs.

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It charts the rise of obesity globally and the ballooning costs. BofA Merrill Lynch analysts across several sectors have collaborated to identify the sectors and companies developing long-term solutions. Globally, million people are obese and 1.

Obesity is the fifth greatest cause of death, leading to 2. Worldwide prevalence of obesity doubled between and , according to the World Health Organization. By , 65 million more Americans will be obese if current trends continue. While its impact is well-known in the West, obesity is rising quickly around the world. Obesity in Europe has tripled in 30 years.

It is growing rapidly in emerging markets as diets westernize. Brazil, where 16 percent of the population is obese, is on track to match U. Obesity has reached levels of up to 20 percent in Chinese cities.

A quarter of Russian women are obese. Growing costs and tighter regulations spur fight against obesity The costs of managing obesity are much greater than previously believed. In May , the U. Institute of Medicine estimated the annual cost of obesity-related illness in the U. Previous studies estimated 10 percent. Medical costs for treating obese patients are 40 percent higher than for non-obese patients. Treating obese patients comes at a higher premium than treating smokers. Obesity adds 50 percent to annual medical costs, while smoking adds 20 percent.

High levels of global childhood obesity and growing obesity in emerging markets will further increase global costs. As happened with smoking, it is likely that the growing cost burden of obesity on governments, corporates and wider society will spur collective action and greater regulation. BofA Merrill Lynch expects widespread scrutiny of lifestyle aspects associated with obesity including food and drink, schools, work environments, insurers, tackling sedentary lifestyles, and encouraging increasing physical activity.

Investment ideas for fighting globesity Investors should take a long term view and a broad perspective in selecting stocks as part of the globesity theme, in our view. We also highlight companies tackling related medical conditions and needs including diabetes, kidney failure, hip and knee implants. We also consider equipment such as patient lifts, bigger beds and wider ambulance doors. Sports Apparel and Equipment — This is the longer-term play, but we believe that promoting physical activity will become a key priority for more government health policies.

Experts are not sure why this might be, but say metabolic changes such as high blood sugar and raised cholesterol are likely to be involved. Obesity has already been tipped as a risk factor for dementia.

The work, published in Neurology, tracked the health of more than 6, British people over a decade. The participants, who were aged between 35 and 55, took tests on memory and other cognitive skills three times over a year period. People who were both obese and who had unhealthy metabolic changes showed a much faster decline on their cognitive test scores compared to others in the study.

Delving deeper The experts stress that they only looked at cognitive function, not dementia. The boundary between normal ageing, mild cognitive impairment and dementia is blurred - not all impairment leads to dementia. All of the study participants came from one group of civil service workers, which may mean the findings may not apply more generally to other populations. They said: "More research is needed to look at the effects of genetic factors and also to take into account how long people have been obese and how long they have had these metabolic risk factors and also to look at cognitive test scores spanning adulthood to give us a better understanding of the link between obesity and cognitive function, such as thinking, reasoning and memory.

With dementia figures spiralling towards a million, the findings suggest we should be conscious of our general health throughout life.

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It charts the rise of obesity globally and the ballooning costs. BofA Merrill Lynch analysts across several sectors have collaborated to identify the sectors and companies developing long-term solutions. Globally, million people are obese and 1. Obesity is the fifth greatest cause of death, leading to 2. Worldwide prevalence of obesity doubled between and , according to the World Health Organization. By , 65 million more Americans will be obese if current trends continue.

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For Subscribers Published June 7, This article was published more than 1 year ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. The potential applications for big data, for instance, remain unclear despite the hype, as do the adoption rates for electric vehicles. Strategist Beija Ma wrote that the obesity rate has tripled since and that not a single country has been able to stop the rate from climbing. Story continues below advertisement These projections feel much more believable than the claim that artificial intelligence will transform every element of our lives, in light of aging populations, sedentary jobs, online entertainment and richer diets in developing countries where the standards of living are rising quickly. Ma sees a high degree of exposure to the obesity theme.

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Just how bad is it? Car makers have been forced to revamp the size of crash-test dummies because the safety implications are so fundamentally different, Nahal says. Although the U. In the developing world, the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder have less time for physical activity, and eat more processed food.

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