Blog: Petah MarianBritons are the fattest in the EU

Petah Marian | 8 December 2010

Britons are the fattest in the European Union, and more than half the people in the EU are overweight or obese, a report said.

According to a study by the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a quarter of adults in the UK are obese, against 23% in Ireland, 22% in Malta and 20% in Iceland and Luxembourg. 

Meanwhile, 10% of Italians are obese, while some 11% are obese in Holland and France.

On average, just over 15% of the EU adult population is obese.

While the report found that life expectancy was high in the UK, it lagged behind other countries when it came to the number of years spent in good health, without physical limitation.

What the stats highlight is that the UK is failing in its attempts to ensure the long term health of its people and the continued need for the goverment to play a role in doing this.

These findings back up what obesity campaigners have been trying to push down UK Government's throat as health secretary Andrew Lansley works to short-sightedly cut costs in its obesity reduction campaigns  - obese people cost the NHS more.





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