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Economy

Obesity in Asia reaches 'epidemic level'

The economic cost to the region reaches $166 billion a year, the ADB finds

TOKYO Economic growth has resulted in a significant rise in living standards in much of Asia. But the newfound prosperity and associated lifestyle changes have brought with them an unwanted side effect.

A study released by the Asian Development Bank Institute shows that an estimated 1 billion people in Asia and the Pacific are overweight or obese. The problem has reached "epidemic levels," according to the report, and results in the region spending approximately $166 billion annually.

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