Proportion of overweight and obese males and females to increase in most European countries by 2030, say latest projections by WHO

Europe will face an obesity crisis of enormous proportions by 2030, according to latest projections released by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO) at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Prague, Czech Republic. 

The latest projections look at data from all 53 countries of the WHO European region, and compare the proportions of overweight (body mass index [BMI] over 25kg/m2) and obesity (BMI over 30 kg/m2) for both males and females in 2010 with projected 2030 levels. So this reserarch is based on predicting future trends.

By 2030, almost all Irish adults are projected to be overweight. For men, 91% are likely to be overweight (which includes obese)*, and 27% are estimated to be obese by 2030, compared with 76% and 24% respectively in 2010. For women, 83% are likely to be overweight, and 57% obese in 2030, compared with 56% and 23% in 2010, respectively. These figures are based on work published in 2012.

Overall, the data show no evidence of a plateau in adult obesity in most countries. An action plan for Ireland is currently being developed by Department of Health that is building on existing initiatives to help reduce obesity. 

Posted: 06/05/2015 13:55:57 by Laura Keaver


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