Wealthy But Unhealthy: Overweight and Obesity in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, Costs, and Policies for Better Health

Publication | July 2018

High rates of overweight and obesity in Asia and the Pacific seriously threaten people’s health and undermine the region’s prosperity.

Two of five adults in Asia and the Pacific are overweight or obese. The costs associated with these conditions undermine economic growth as well as the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly on health. Drawing upon a wide array of experts from the region, this book compiles studies examining the trends and prevalence and economic costs of obesity and overweight, as well as policy recommendations. This thought-provoking book is an invaluable resource and sets the foundation for future research and policy making.


Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Health
  • 978-4-89974-085-8 (Print)
  • 978-4-89974-086-5 (PDF)