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Survey shows that British women are the top in Europe

So - our girls are the top in Europe, but I'll bet we're way behind the US.



UK women top of obesity league, and men are second – EU survey

Figures also reveal that more young people are obese in Britain than any other country in Europe

  • Hannah Godfrey
  • The Guardian, Saturday 26 November 2011

Britain has a high number of obese women. Photograph: Brian Harris/Rex Features

Nearly a quarter (23.9%) of British women are obese, according to an EU study which found the proportion was the highest out of 19 countries surveyed.

The statistics also showed British men are not far behind, with 22.1% being classed as obese, coming second only to Malta. Weight problems are statistically measured using the body mass index (BMI) of adults, with obesity being defined as a BMI of over 30.

The research, which was based on data from 2008-2009, showed that the proportion of obese people in Europe's adult population varied between 8% and 23.9% for women, and between 7.6% 24.7% for men.

The study, published by the European commission, shows no systematic difference in obesity between men and women – the proportion of obesity was higher in men in 10 member states, higher for women in eight, and equal in one country, Greece. Only 8% of Romanian women are judged to be seriously overweight.

The proportion of obese people tends to increase with age, particularly among women, according to the new figures. The most dramatic differences between the youngest and the oldest age groups of women were in the former Eastern-bloc countries of Latvia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

The UK stands out as having a particularly serious obesity problem among the younger generation, with 16.6% of the 18-24 age group showing as obese, with the other countries showing less than 11%.

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Comment by 我是维奇 on December 7, 2011 at 6:25pm

Ha! You're right, Mike. I am sure you're still way behind the US! ;-)

P.S. Thank god I don't need to worry about weight. I eat what I like and I generally don't over-eat because my body wouldn't let me: I simply get full and do not feel like eating any more ;-) Just like another lady on here, I seem to lose weight faster than gain it :-(

Comment by Mike46 on November 27, 2011 at 12:59pm

I eat and drink lots of everything, but I don't gain weight either - in fact I've lost about 3kg over the past two years, which is not unusual at my age.  The health risks of being underweight are much fewer than those of being overweight or obese.


Our bones do lose strength as we age - osteoporosis - and it's worse for women.  Keep drinking the milk and worry about it if it happens.

Comment by LP on November 27, 2011 at 12:38pm

Gee, how did I forget I am short? from 158-160 cm i m not exactly sure,I know I have lost weight though since I came to Beijing,I was roughly 50 kg when I was somewhat in Love. I do eat much, rice,veggies but there are things I do not eat often such a good amount of red meats.. I do not mind being a little chubby as long as I m healthy,I dont see it coming those days.

 If i stop drinking milk I will eventually lose height the time I become a chinese old lady, that I was taught by friend of mine back In school days.

Comment by Mike46 on November 27, 2011 at 12:11pm

That range is for western people.  However both Japan and Singapore would use 47kg as the lower limit.  40kg would be the lower limit if you were 148cm tall - so maybe you could try losing height?

Comment by LP on November 27, 2011 at 11:56am

normal weight for a person 160cm is between 50 and 64kg

I weigh nearly 40 kg,it looks like I have an issue,but the problem is it is easier for me to lose weight than gain nowadays.

Comment by David - 戴維在中國 on November 27, 2011 at 11:05am

Comment by Mike46 on November 27, 2011 at 10:27am

Using the definitions of this survey, normal weight for a person 160cm is between 50 and 64kg. Then between 64 and 76kg is overweight, and obese is above that.  Dandan looks fine.

Comment by Mike46 on November 27, 2011 at 9:34am

@Anne and Gao - I don't think that you've understood the term "obese".  My friend is 160cm and weighs 56kg.  She is always saying that she wants to lose weight, but it doesn't seem to stop her eating, and I think that she looks good the way that she is.  To become obese by the definition used here should would need to gain another 21kg to reach 77kg.  Think about that.

Comment by smee on November 27, 2011 at 8:57am

One of the many reasons I hope to always remain in China.

Comment by smee on November 27, 2011 at 8:55am

Disgusting!  Obese is never good.


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