Spaniards getting fatter

WHEN it comes to the obesity stakes Spain is set to catch up with the rest of Europe in the next 15 years.
According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), 80 per cent of the country’s men will be overweight or obese by 2030 with obesity rates set to stand at 26 per cent compared to 19 per cent in 2010.
Those figures will be higher than the UK where 73 per cent of men are expected to be overweight or obese and 63 per cent of women.
Topping the list though, says the report due to be presented at the European Conference on Obesity in Prague, is the Republic of Ireland, where the figure is forecast to rise to 89 per cent of men.
Research co leader Dr Laura Webber, from the UK Health Forum in London, said: “Our study presents a worrying picture of rising obesity across Europe. Policies to reverse this trend are urgently needed.
“Although there is no ‘silver bullet’ for tackling the epidemic, governments must do more to restrict unhealthy food marketing and make healthy food more affordable.”

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