Europe Plumping Up
Fatness is in the air. Yesterday I was watching a show on Animal Planet about owners and their fat pets living in England. Apparently 50% of all British pets are obese. Now I’m no sociologist, but, if they’re a lot of fat pets, they’re probably a bunch of fat owners. Maybe so, because according to Reuters obesity is still on the rise in Europe, especially in kids. Take a look:
Europe is facing major health and social burdens and the rise in obesity is reaching "epidemic" proportions, the 15th European Congress on Obesity in Budapest was told on Sunday.Just another obesity log for the fat fire.
Estimates show there are around 1.1 billion overweight people in the world, of whom 312 million are obese, and that in Europe 10-20 percent of men are obese and almost half the population is overweight.
Some 30 percent of children in Britain are obese or overweight, and percentages are rising in southern Europe, while in new European Union states in eastern Europe, rates of obesity are surging at a time when health spending is being curtailed.
"More than 80 percent of children who are already obese will stay obese as adults," said Martin Fried of Prague's Charles University, who authored a major study on the effect of surgery on obese patients.
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