The ECO2018 Congress on Obesity was held from 23rd to 26th of May 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
Professor Kevin P. Balanda from the IPH delivered an invited talk to the Congress on the 'Future lifetime financial costs of childhood obesity/overweight on the island of Ireland. The JANPA/safefood project estimated that the obesity/overweight in the island's 2015 childhood population was associated with lifetime excess financial costs of €7.1 Bn excess costs (in 2015 values). Direct health care costs accounted for approximately 25% of this total costs. The biggest cost category was lost productivity due to premature death that accounted for approximately 60% of total excess future costs on the island.