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The direct cost of diagnosis, treatment and management of obesity within national health systems has only been assessed in a few countries to date.

Although the methodology varied considerably between studies, making it difficult to compare costs across countries and to extrapolate the results from one country to another, these estimates suggest that between 2-8 percent of the total sick care costs in Western countries are attributable to obesity. This represents a major fraction of national health care budgets comparable with for example, the total cost of cancer therapy.

The potential impact on health care resources in the less developed health care systems of developing countries is likely to be even more severe.

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