Obesity Crisis in Europe

Hi all,

By 2030, Europe is likely to face an obesity crisis according to experts from the World Health Organisation that studied on a weighting scale 53 countries in Europe. Note that a person is considered overweight when their BMI Body Mass Index (The BMI is the ratio between weight and height squared) is greater than 25 kg/m2. The BMI of an obese person is more than 30 kg/m2.

Republic of Ireland and UK at the forefront of the obesity crisis

According to the press release of the conference organizers, 89 % of men in Ireland “should be” overweight, 48 % of Irish men will be obese, against 74 % and 26% respectively in 2010. Concerning Irish women, the proportion of overweight women will increase : 57 % in 2010 and 85 % in 2030.

In Great Britain, it’s also worrying, the projections are :
– For obese men : 26% in 2010 / 36% in 2030,
– For obese women : 26% in 2010 / 33% in 2030.

The predictions are based on unpublished estimates from the WHO Modeling Obesity Project, which have been presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Prague last April 29th 2015.

And for the other countries in Europe

It marks the highest rate in Europe, with Spain, Greece, the Czech Republic and Austria according to the study of 53 countries :

– An estimated 77% of Greek men are predicted to be overweight by 2030 and 67% of women, and the proportion of obese men and women will more than doubled from 20% to about 40%.

– In Spain : Obesity will rich 16% in 2010 to 21% in 2030 for women and 19% to 36% for spanish men.

– In the Czech Republic, 37% of women and 36% of men will be obese by 2030.

Bulgaria and Belgium are predicted to have the highest proportion of overweight and obese women in the next 15 years.

The Dutch are the thinnest of the 53 countries, according to the study.

Why do some countries would escape the obesity crisis?

With obesity braking out to nine years off a person’s life and raising the risk of diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Louise Ansari Diabetes UK Director of Prevention of Type 2 diabetes described the figures as a “wake-up call”, adding that it highlights “an urgent need for action. “She said : “Being overweight or obese puts millions more people at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes – a serious health condition that can lead to devastating complications including blindness, kidney failure and amputation. She notified that : “Until more is done we will continue to witness the devastating impact of diabetes on both human lives and the already-strained NHS budget.”

Researchers said more must be done to improve lifestyles dominated by fast food and time-saving behind TV, smartphone and computer, calling for sugary fizzy drinks to be taxed.

Doctor Laura Webber, from the UK Health Forum in London, who co-led the research, said :
“Our study presents a worrying picture of rising obesity across Europe. Although there is no ‘silver bullet’ for tackling the epidemic, governments must do more to restrict unhealthy food marketing and make healthy food more affordable.There are also some countries in which there were insufficient data. As these countries improve their obesity surveillance, more accurate estimates can be forecast.”

According to the figures released in January by WHO, the number of cases have doubled worldwide since 1980.

Slow Control’s team wish you a very good day !

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