59% of European adults are adult or obese
The pandemic did not help
European obesity rates are catching up to the Americas
A leading cause of death and disability
Overweight or obese?
Men are more likely to be overweight, women to be obese
Difficult to reverse
Little progress is being made in the fight against obesity in Europe
From cancer to diabetes, being obese can make you ill
Considered to be the cause of 13 types of cancer
Higher chance of diability
Alarming increase in overweight and obese children
29% of boys and 27% of girls have an unhealthy weight
8% of children under 5 are overweight or obese
Countries in the Mediterranean have more childhood obesity
40% of kids overweight in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain
A lifelong struggle
Building Back Better
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59% of European adults are adult or obese

According to the latest WHO European Regional Obesity Report for 2022, obesity and overweight has become an epidemic throughout Europe. The new report revealed that 59% of adults and 1 in 3 minors are either obese or overweight.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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The pandemic did not help

COVID-19 has hard hit those individuals living with overweight or obesity. The past two years of lockdowns have negatively affected the quality of food consumed and physical activity levels in the population.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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European obesity rates are catching up to the Americas

Currently, the obesity rate in the European Region is higher than any other WHO region in the world, with the exception of North and South America.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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A leading cause of death and disability

Overweight and obesity are among the leading cause of disability and death in Europe, causing an estimated 1.2 million deaths a year.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Overweight or obese?

For an individual to be classified as overweight, they must have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9. Those considered obese have a BMI of 30 or more.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Men are more likely to be overweight, women to be obese

The WHO report found that men tended to be overweight more often than women; however, women are more likely to be classified as obese compared to men. The report found that 24% of women in Europe were obese compared to 22% of men.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Difficult to reverse

Even though most countries worldwide have now shifted to the "new normal" and are leaving lockdowns in the past, the WHO points out that it will still take years and plenty of effort to reverse the adverse effects on the general public population's weight and fitness level.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Little progress is being made in the fight against obesity in Europe

Per the WHO report on obesity in Europe, of all the 53 Member States of the Region, none are on the road to making the WHO Global Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) target of slowing the rise of obesity by 2025.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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From cancer to diabetes, being obese can make you ill

Research shows that being obese increases your risk of contracting a wide variety of non-communicable diseases, from type 2 diabetes mellitus to cancer and everything in between, such as cardiovascular or respiratory diseases.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Considered to be the cause of 13 types of cancer

The WHO notes that "obesity is considered a cause of at least 13 different types of cancer." The organization also points out that obesity can be linked to a minimum of 200,000 new cancer cases each year in Europe. Doctors expect the rate of cancers associated with obesity to only increase in the years to come.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Higher chance of diability

Disability is another risk factor that comes hand in hand with being overweight or obese. According to the WHO finding, "7% of total years lived with disability" in Europeans are a result of having a high weight.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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Alarming increase in overweight and obese children

While obesity and overweight rates increasing in adults are undoubtedly alarming, even more concerning is the increase of this epidemic in children.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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29% of boys and 27% of girls have an unhealthy weight

According to the WHO report, 29% of boys and 27% of girls six years and older in the European Region are either obese or overweight.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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8% of children under 5 are overweight or obese

The 2022 WHO report found that 8% of youngsters are overweight or obese in the under-five crowd.

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Countries in the Mediterranean have more childhood obesity

Last year in 2021, the WHO released a major report on childhood obesity in Europe which found that countries in the Mediterranean region had the highest rates.

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40% of kids overweight in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain

The WHO's 2021 report on childhood obesity found that of 250,000 children aged six to nine in 36 countries, 40% were overweight in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

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New WHO report finds that 59% of European adults are overweight or obese
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A lifelong struggle

The increase in obesity in children is concerning because childhood obesity often endures into adulthood. Thus, as the population ages, the adult overweight and obesity rates will only continue to increase in Europe.

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Building Back Better

The WHO recommends various interventions and policy options to address the growing epidemic in Europe and puts much importance on "building back better" to undo all the harm the COVID-19 pandemic did to our healthy habits.

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"Obesity knows no borders"

Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, the Regional Director of WHO Europe, said, "Obesity knows no borders. In Europe and Central Asia, no single country is going to meet the WHO Global NCD target of halting the rise of obesity."

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"We can change the trajectory of obesity"

Dr. Kluge continued, "The countries in our Region are incredibly diverse, but every one is challenged to some degree. By creating environments that are more enabling, promoting investment and innovation in health, and developing strong and resilient health systems, we can change the trajectory of obesity in the Region."

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