The European Commission calls for more health prevention

The European Commission and the OECD released on November 23rd a country health profile for each country member of the European Union. They draw a summary of the main figures concerning the main causes of ill health, and the costs they generate for the health systems. A short video presenting the initiative is available here.

Unfortunately, obesity rates are rising everywhere. And unhealthy lifestyles account for a very significant part of the burden of disease in every country, with dietary risks being among the main factors with smoking and the lack of physical activity.

One of the key conclusions raised following an overall analysis of the country health profiles is the urgent need to invest more into health prevention. Vytenis Andrkiutaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, underlined that “spending only 3% of our health budgets on prevention, compared with 80% on the treatment of diseases, is simply not enough”.

The FOOD programme participates in filling this gap of health prevention by promoting healthy eating at the workplace towards employees thanks to a consortium of 26 committed public and private partners.

Source:

Country health profiles: https://ec.europa.eu/health/state/country_profiles_en

Companion Report: https://ec.europa.eu/health/state/companion_report_en

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