||What is the cost of poor diet?
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO) produced an assessment of the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical exercise in 2017. Looking specifically at diabetes attributed to unhealthy diets, the 2020 estimated healthcare costs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will be an average of €5,198 (£4,503*) per patient, with approximately 2,870 cases expected per country. The review also stated that the combined healthcare and productivity costs of diabetes attributed to unhealthy diets (predicted for 2020) would be an average of €47,516,749 (£41,159,018) per country. Improved diet would reduce the occurrence of diabetes and the associated cost burden.
*Currency conversion carried out on 24th April 2019.
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