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Average European 'is overweight'

ObesityRecent studies by the European Commission have revealed that the Maltese and Greeks are the 'heavyweights' of Europe. This is problem that worries the commission, as obesity is linked to a range of health problems, including heart disease and high blood pressure. Here's a piece of good news for some: the Italians and French are most trim, while the average Briton - like the average European - is slightly over the ideal weight.

Despite the findings, only 38% of EU citizens consider themselves to be overweight, according to the poll of about 1,000 people in each of the 25 EU member states. So what caused them to be obese? Most blamed a sedentary life for restricting their scope to be healthier. Only less than one third said they engaged in regular "intensive" physical activity, whereas a large majority - 85% - said public authorities should play a stronger role in fighting obesity. Below is a summary for the slimmest countries and europe's heavyweights if one is interested:


EUROPE'S HEAVYWEIGHTS
  • Malta - 26.6
  • Greece - 25.9
  • Finland - 25.8
  • Luxembourg - 25.7
  • Hungary - 25.6
  • Cyprus - 25.6
  • Lithuania - 25.5
  • Slovenia - 25.5
  • Denmark - 25.5
  • UK - 25.4

SLIMMEST COUNTRIES
  • Italy - 24.3
  • France - 24.5
  • Austria - 24.8
  • Poland - 24.8
  • Netherlands - 24.9
  • Slovakia - 25.0
  • Belgium - 25.1
  • Latvia - 25.1
  • Estonia - 25.2
  • Czech Rep - 25.2

Link & Image: BBC
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