The burden of overweight and obesity-related ill health in the UK

Allender, Steven and Rayner, Mike 2007, The burden of overweight and obesity-related ill health in the UK, Obesity reviews, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 467-473.

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Title The burden of overweight and obesity-related ill health in the UK
Author(s) Allender, Steven
Rayner, Mike
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 8
Issue number 5
Start page 467
End page 473
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-09
ISSN 1467-7881
1467-789X
Keyword(s) Burden of disease
obesity
United Kingdom
Summary This paper reviews previous cost studies of overweight and obesity in the UK. It proposes a method for estimating the economic and health costs of overweight and obesity in the UK which could also be used in other countries. Costs of obesity studies were identified via a systematic search of electronic databases. Information from the WHO Burden of Disease Project was used to calculate the mortality and morbidity cost of overweight and obesity. Population attributable fractions for diseases attributable to overweight and obesity were applied to National Health Service (NHS) cost data to estimate direct financial costs. We estimate the direct cost of overweight and obesity to the NHS at £3.2 billion. Other estimates of the cost of obesity range between £480 million in 1998 and £1.1 billion in 2004 [Correction added after online publication 11 June 2007: 'of the cost of obesity' added after 'Other estimates']. There is wide variation in methods and estimates for the cost of overweight and obesity to the health systems of developed countries. The method presented here could be used to calculate the costs of overweight and obesity in other countries. Public health initiatives are required to address the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity and reduce associated healthcare costs.
Notes Published Online: 11 Jun 2007
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020459

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Public Health Research, Evaluation, and Policy Cluster
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