Move Over US: Europe is Heading into an Obesity Crisis

America, you’ve got some competition. 

An entire continent may soon flatten the United States’ stronghold as undisputed global obesity leader. Actually, Mexico would like to have a word, too.

The World Health Organization predicts Europe will be battling obesity over the coming years, with only one country getting skinnier.

Ireland will carry the most weight, with 9 out of 10 (!) men expected to reach ‘overweight’ status by 2030, while 85 per cent of lasses are set for a similar fate.

Even more concerning, nearly half of Irish men and more than half of Irish women will reach the threshold of ‘obese’, defined as having a body mass index of 30 or more (see here for clarification).
Greece and Spain will see their number of obese citizens double within the next 15 years, totalling a 40 per cent obesity rate across each population. Just under 40 per cent of Czechs will be obese, and even the slender Swedes will see nearly one in four of its people reach obesity status. 

The Dutch meanwhile, are scaling down. The Netherlands is the only country in Europe where its population is expected to see a drop in obesity – just 8 percent of men and 9 percent of women will be dangerously overweight.

The research highlights “an obesity crisis of enormous proportions by 2030” across 53 countries – a conclusion that’s as amusingly literal as it is alarming.

Maybe it’s time to re-think your life modelled after that idealistic ‘European lifestyle’.


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