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Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California System, speaks at a Brookings event on the economic costs of obesity, May 12, 2015.

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Societal cost of obesity could exceed $1.1 trillion, new Brookings research finds

May 12, 2015, Fred Dews

"The lifetime costs of obesity are sobering to say the least," said University of California System President Janet Napolitano at an event today to discuss new research that quantifies the economic costs of obesity in the U.S. President Napolitano addressed findings from the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics at Brookings, in partnership with the World Food Center of the University of California-Davis, that estimate that if all 12.7 million U.S. youth with obesity become obese adults, the individual cost on average is just over $92,000, and "the societal costs over their lifetimes may exceed $1.1 trillion." Watch the full event here.

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