Annual economic impact of major global burdens 2012

This statistic depicts an estimate of the annual global direct economic impact and investment used to mitigate major global burdens, as of 2012. At this time, outdoor air pollution accounted for 0.9 trillion U.S. dollars in direct economic impact and investment annually. Obesity is considered one of the greatest social burdens created by human beings.

Estimated annual global direct economic impact of largest global burdens as of 2012 (in trillion U.S. dollars)*

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November 2014



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Supplementary notes

* Including investment to mitigate burdens. Data based on 2010 disability-adjusted life years data from Global Burden of Disease database and 2012 economic indicators from the World Bank; excludes associated revenue or taxes; includes lost productivity due to disability and death, direct cost, e.g., for health care, and direct investment to mitigate; GDP data on purchasing power parity basis.
** Includes sexually transmitted diseases. Excludes unwanted pregnancies.
*** Excludes time lost to access clean water source.

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