WHO reports show Malta among the countries with the highest obesity rates

According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of obese and overweight people in Europe has reached the “epidemic rate”, with nearly 60% of adults and one-third of children in one of these categories.

In a report published Tuesday, the United Nations Health Agency’s European office stated that the prevalence of obesity in adults is higher across the continent than in any other region of the world, except in the Americas. rice field.

“Unfortunately, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is consistently increasing in the WHO Europe region and is on track to reach its goal of stopping the increase in obesity by 2025. There is no country, “the report said. In that European region, WHO said the highest rates of obesity were found in Turkey, Malta, Israel and the United Kingdom.

According to the WHO, overweight and obesity are one of the leading causes of death in the region, killing more than one million people each year.

Scientists have long warned that severe and increased risk of many illnesses, including respiratory illness, diabetes and at least 13 cancers. It is also a major risk factor for disability.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we experienced the real effects of the obesity epidemic,” WHO Europe Director Dr. Hans Kluge wrote in the report. He said obesity “is likely to experience serious consequences of COVID-19 infection, such as hospitalization in the intensive care unit and death.”

Kruge also said that COVID-19 interventions, such as school closures and closures, often increase the risk of gaining weight when people turn to an unhealthy diet and are forced to sit down. I did.

WHO calls on countries to adopt policies to improve obesity-related “environmental factors,” such as taxing sweet drinks, limiting the sale of unhealthy foods to children, and working to improve physical activity. I did.

In the United States, about 74% of Americans over the age of 20 are obese or overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WHO reports show Malta among the countries with the highest obesity rates

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