more than half the population is overweight. That’s what the European Union is staring down. Raf Casert of the Associated Press reports:Imagine living in a society where
Diets based on fatty and sweet ingredients combined with lack of physical activity account for six of the seven top factors leading to poor health, said EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.And EU officials seem to think that food labels are the problem.
For years the EU Commission has warned governments to act, but the situation is getting worse. "Everybody has to be blamed — including the authorities, including the industry, including the consumers," Kyprianou said.
His biggest worry is the growing girth of children. "If we don't act, today's overweight children will be tomorrow's heart attack victims," he said.
In the 27-nation bloc, the EU says that over 21 million children are overweight. "Even more worrying is that the rate of increase of that number is more than 400,000 children a year."