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Are Europeans too fat?

By Tim Sandle     Sep 23, 2015 in Health
According to the World Health Organization, the average European is now overweight and this carries health implications.
The latest health statistics compiled by the United Nations organization put 59 percent of the European population as "overweight." The range is relatively narrow and no country can afford to be content; the spectrum ranges from 45 percent of the population to 67 percent of the population. Overweight is defined, in the report, as people having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or above (with obesity, the threshold is a BMI of 30 or over.)
Coupled with the flab, the associate report notes that smoking rates in Europe are among the highest in world. This is not the only matter of concern for alcohol consumption is also the highest in the world. With drinking, the typical European is putting away 11 liters (20 pints) of pure alcohol a year.
These facts are taken from The European health report 2015: Targets and beyond – reaching new frontiers in evidence. By Europe this definition extends beyond the European Union and includes some countries, such as Turkey, which are officially in Asia.
The implications of these findings mean, according to the report, young people in the region "may not live as long as their grandparents." The report uses a baseline year of 2012 to measure whether health is getting better or worse.
It is not all pessimistic news, however; the report notes that some European countries have made good steps towards lowering rates of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
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