Over 60% of Europeans are overweight or obese, says WHO

Majority of the European people are facing the issue of being overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

As per the reports, 60 percent of the oversized people in Europe have been reported.

Moreover, on Tuesday, the World Health Organization published its 2022 European Regional Obesity Report, in which there were some surprising results. All over Europe, 59 percent of the adults, as well as about 1 in 3 children, which are 29 percent of boys and 27 percent of girls, are now classed as overweight or obese. From 1975 to 2016, the maximum number of obese adults that has been increased by 138 percent.

The rise in the Body Mass Index still has a positive correlation with severe illnesses in all parts of Europe. The WHO has linked this to over 1.2 million deaths annually, or roughly 13 percent of the deaths of the people of Europe.

Obesity has a connection with the rise in the cases of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases.

Along with this, the overweight or the obese individuals were also disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the report has been recommending the more significant state-level interventions to help tackle what it labels an “epidemic” of Obesity in Europe.

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, mentioned in the statement, “Obesity knows no borders. In Europe & Central Asia, no single nation is going to meet the WHO Global NCD (non-communicable disease) target of halting the rise of Obesity.”

Furthermore, Dr Kluge calls for investment as well as innovation in health and health systems as part of Europe’s initiative to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the report, the “pandemic” of Obesity in Europe is still reversible if European nations take measures to fight it.

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