Member States’ ministers for Sport adopted conclusions on the economic dimensions of sport and its socio-economic benefits.
In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years worldwide and older were overweight. Of these over 600 million adults were obese. The cost of obesity-related illnesses will reach $1.2tn every year from 2025 unless serious measures are taken.
Obesity, along with smoking, is the biggest killer of the modern world. It causes a number of cancers, strokes and heart attacks. Adult obesity continue climbing steadily. For example, in 2014, 34% of men and women in the U.S. were obese and by 2025 that is predicted to be 41%. Same increase is estimated in Europe, which leads to a huge increase in money spent on treatments. Overall, there will be 2.7 billion overweight and obese adults by 2025.
So, what should be done to face this problem? The experts concluded that countries should spend more financial resouces on preventing obesity by promoting healthy lifestyle and physical activiry, which will save many millions of Euros in the long term.