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The cost of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland

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safefood

Subject Keywords: Estimate of costs of overweight and obesity to Ireland
Set: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: All-island
Description:

New study reveals the annual cost of overweight and obesity on the island estimated to be €1.64 billion

  • First ever estimate of costs of overweight and obesity to Ireland
  • Over a third of costs are direct healthcare costs
  • 13 recommendations suggested with urgent action required – issue poses significant threat to health and major challenge for health services

Findings from new safefood funded research into the cost of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the annual cost to be €1.64 billion euros (€1.13billion Republic of Ireland; €510 million Northern Ireland). The study, conducted by University College Cork (UCC) found that in the Republic of Ireland, 35% of total costs (€398 million) represented direct healthcare costs i.e. hospital in-patient; out-patient; GP and drug costs. However, two thirds (65%) of the economic costs were indirect costs in reduced or lost productivity and absenteeism and amounted to €728 million.

The safefood research, led by a team from UCC found that overweight and obesity combined accounted for a similar burden of disease and cost in both jurisdictions with an estimated 2.7% and 2.8% of total health expenditure in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively, this is consistent with estimates from a number of European countries over the past decade. The findings also suggest that obesity as opposed to overweight is the major component of healthcare costs.

Date:

28/11/2012

Rights: © safefood
Suggested citation:

safefood. (2012) The cost of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/336224 [Accessed: 22nd September 2017].

  

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