Published on 25/11/2011
British women are the fattest in Europe, according to figures released by the European Union’s statistics agency today.
23.9 per cent of women in Britain are now classed as obese, compared to 15.5 per cent in Germany, 12.7 per cent in France and 9.3 per cent in Italy. The data was collected from 2008 to 2009 and is based on the Body Mass Index (BMI).
Unhealthy diets make British women the fattest in Europe
The percentage of obese young women was particularly high in Britain, with 16.6 per cent of 18 to 24 year old females classed as obese.
British men are the second largest in Europe, with 22.1 per cent classed as obese compared to 24.7 per cent in Malta. Most of our overweight men are between the ages of 45 and 64, with 33.2 per cent of this age category classed as obese.
Britain’s obesity crisis has led to a huge increase in Type 2 diabetes, a condition linked to unhealthy lifestyles. Diabetes drugs now cost taxpayers £725million a year, and account for 8.4 per cent of the NHS medicine bill. This figure is on the rise.
Obesity also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and certain types of cancer, all of which put pressure on our already stretched NHS.
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