Almost 1 adult in 6 in the EU is considered obese

A new European Health Interview Survey conducted by Eurostat has been released on October 20th 2016. It underlines the issue of obesity in the European Union. Indeed, slightly more than half of the adults (51,6%) were considered as over-weight in 2014. Among them, 15,9% were obese, that is to say nearly 1 in every 6 people. The lowest obesity rates were in Romania (9,4%) and Italy (10,7%), whereas the highest was in Malta (26%). One of the key findings of the study is also the clear age effect on obesity levels: more than 40% of the obese people in the EU were aged 45 to 74 years old in 2014. Education level also plays a big role: 19,9% of obese people in the EU had a low education level, whereas they were only 11,5% of them among the highly educated.

The FOOD programme intends to promote healthy eating habits in the workplace by targeting the employees. It therefore contributes to fighting against obesity in its 9 member countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

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