Obesity is a huge problem worldwide and although we Europeans may tend to feel that other continents suffer more with this issue, the truth is we are not doing too great ourselves.
According to a report released by the World Health Organisation this week, we Europeans are not as light as we should be. In fact, we are not doing too great on the obesity side of things at all. The Americas are in a position where just over 60% of adults are overweight or obese, which seems obscene. That is until we see that just under 60% of European adults are in the same boat. Basically, the Americas are way up there and we are pretty much beside them.
The WHO defines people as being overweight when their body mass index is at 25 or over. Obese people come in at a BMI of 30 or above. Of course, we all know the impact obesity has on the health of a population and the huge pressure it puts on the health service. In line with these statistics, issues like heart disease and diabetes are on the rise. So which countries in Europe are doing the worst? There’s some bad news in there for the UK, and for Ireland, which is on track to becomming the fattest Euro nation in the coming years.
Surprisingly, the highest rates of obesity are found in Andorra and Turkey. The UK comes next in line, followed by the Czech Republic, Malta, Lithuania, Slovakia and Ireland. Europe needs to get back on track and take note from some of its healthier nations. Encouraging people to get out of their cars, get moving and eat properly will have a massive impact on health, well being and public spending. We Europeans need to get healthy and if we can do so we will live better lives. It’s a no brainer, now someone needs to get everyone into action. Who it will be remains to be seen.