European Nations Express Concern to Their Growing Obesity and Overweight Rate

Published:December 25th, 2010

More than half of the adults in Europe are considered overweight and obese, according an announcement released by the EU commision and published by Reuters.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Brussels-based Commission, the rate of obesity in European Nations has been doubling over the past twenty years. In fact, as stated in their report, many children in Europe weigh high in the weighing scale.

This high obesity rate in Europe poses a dangerous implication in the overall health of the people living in this continent.  Children who are overweight or obese are expected to have a higher risk in developing certain lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart problem and stroke later in their lives.

The lower rates of smoking and alcohol drinking in certain countries in Europe led to the decline of death rates from heart disease, however this health problem still prevails in most parts of Europe, accounting to forty percent of the overall causes of death. Cancer grasps the second spot in the leading causes of death, accounting to twenty-six percent of all deaths per year.  Denmark has the highest cancer prevalence rate. Comparatively, Cyprus, Finland and Sweden hold the lowest rates in cancer incidence.

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