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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHello and welcome to the final week of Obesity, Causes and Consequences. We've so far focused on the causes of obesity from dietary choices through to our genetic makeup. This week, we'll explore the consequences of obesity to health and the costs to the world economy. Along the way, we'll encounter some sobering statistics. Life expectancy reduces by nine years for women and 12 years for men who are morbidly obese. The economic costs of obesity are complex. In 2010, the NHS National Obesity Observatory published a report on the economic burden of obesity.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsThe report highlights that the economic cost of obesity cannot be limited to direct impacts on health, but it must also factor in social consequences leading to the loss of earnings and other impacts on the wider economy. The report quotes an estimate that was made in 2002 that the total economic cost of obesity was in excess of three thousand million pounds, of which only a third was direct costs of treating health consequences. Imagine that cost today, and then scale it to the rest of the world. We'll start with a discussion, so let's move on to the next page.

Welcome to Week 4

It’s the final week of the course. This week we will be looking at some of the consequences of obesity, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and respiratory problems. As well as, the concept of metabolically healthy obesity and the argument of ‘fat versus fitness’.

We will also get a medical perspective on the issues we have come across from Dr Andrew Brewster, a general practitioner and clinical director of the University of Reading’s Certificate in Obesity Management.

Remember if you complete at least 90% of the steps in this course and the end of course test, you will be eligible to purchase a Certificate of Achievement, which comes in the form of a printed and digital certificate.

If you are mentioning the course on social media remember to tag comments with #FLobesity.

Thank you again for joining us!

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Obesity: Causes and Consequences

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