According to the WHO, Turkey is the most overweight country in Europe. Accordingly, 66.8% of Turkey’s adult population is overweight. The report cites obesity as the cause of at least 13 different types of cancer.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Turkey is the most common country in the European region with an overweight problem. After Turkey, the countries with the highest weight ratio of adult population are Malta, Israel and England respectively. The report cites obesity as the cause of at least 13 different types of cancer.
59% of adults are overweight or obese
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than half of adults living in Europe are overweight. According to the 2022 European Obesity Report released by the Copenhagen-based WHO Regional Office for Europe on Tuesday, about 59 percent of adults in the region, including Turkey, are experiencing overweight or obesity problems.
Overweight and obesity are more common in the Mediterranean and Eastern European countries, the report said. Also, lower level families are more likely to face problems of overweight and obesity than higher education level.
The most common country in Europe is Turkey
Turkey is the country with the most common overweight problem in the European region. Accordingly, 66.8 percent of Turkey’s adult population is overweight. This rate was recorded as 69.3 percent for women and 64 percent for men. According to the report, the rate of defined as obese in Turkey was 32.1 percent.
Turkey is next to Malta, Israel and England
After Turkey, the countries with the highest weight ratio of adult population are Malta, Israel and England respectively. The countries with the lowest weight problems are Tajikistan (45%), Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan (48%).
Obesity has increased in the last 50 years
Obesity has risen 137 percent in the last 50 years in 53 European countries, the report said. In 1975, the rate of overweight or obesity was set at 40 percent.
According to the report, 63 percent of men and 54 percent of women were overweight or obese.
The report found that 29 percent of boys aged 7 to 9 years and 27 percent of girls of the same age were overweight or obese. It said the problem was seen in 6 percent of children under the age of five. The report is based on 2016 data.
Epidemia levels have reached
The report warns that “excess weight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions” in the European region. “The high body mass index is a significant risk factor for non-communicable diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease,” said Hans Cluj, director of WHO Europe.
According to WHO Europe, those whose body mass index is above 25, calculated on the basis of weight and height, are classified as overweight, and those over 30 are classified as obese.
The report cites obesity as the cause of at least 13 different types of cancer. It is estimated that at least 200,000 cancers are diagnosed each year due to obesity. This number is expected to increase in the coming years.
The WHO report states that more than 1.200 million people die each year in the European region due to overweight and obesity. Accordingly, it was stated that 13 percent of annual deaths are due to overweight and obesity.
The WHO cites the coronavirus epidemic as one of the main causes of overweight and obesity. It was said that the measures taken in the countries triggered unhealthy diet and sedentary life.
The WHO urges politicians to take action in the fight against overweight and obesity. In this context, the WHO has proposed increasing taxes on sugary drinks and subsidizing healthy foods. Also, it was requested to impose restrictions on the promotion of products harmful to the health of children. The WHO report states that “political measures aimed at environmental and economic factors leading to malnutrition of the entire population will probably be the most effective way to prevent the epidemic of obesity.”