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Childhood obesity has its medical costs, and it's about $19,000 per child. And with the current population of the planet, that number is around $14 billion.

Obesity can be costly.

Time magazine recently reported on the medical costs of childhood obesity, based on research done by Duke Global Health Institute. Obesity is costing $19,000 per child, the research showed, and when extrapolated across all current children in the world, that’s about $14 billion for lifetime medical costs for obesity, Time magazine reported.

“Reducing childhood obesity is a public-health priority that has substantial health and economic benefits,” said the study’s lead author Eric Andrew Finkelstein, according to Time magazine. “These estimates provide the financial consequences of inaction and the potential medical savings from obesity-prevention efforts that successfully reduce or delay obesity onset.”

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