For the WHO: Europeans are gaining weight, drinking too much, and smoking too much

The latest report on the health of Europeans shows quite alarming curves on the future of our health. Several well-known negative factors for our health are involved.

According to the latest report on the health of Europeans recently published by the WHO, life expectancy in Europe has increased by almost 4 years since 2000. Good news but this could soon be reversed. Experts are alarmed that shortly, as in the United States, the life expectancy of Europeans will be reduced. In question, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Tobacco, alcohol and measles

A third of Europeans over the age of 15 are smokers and alcohol consumption rates, while decreasing, remain among the highest in the world. Europe even still has the record, and it is a very unfortunate record, for the highest tau of alcohol consumption.

Due to the growing mistrust of populations towards vaccines and the feeling of good vaccination coverage, there are outbreaks of measles in several countries. Measles cases reach record high in Europe.

We’re getting fatter and childhood obesity is soaring

More than half of Europeans are overweight, and this number is rising in much of the region. “When we look at children, we see trends that are really, really alarming,” the report’s author worries.

The countries with the highest prevalence of adolescent overweight are Greenland and Greece, where nearly 40% of 11-year-old boys are overweight obese. Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands have the lowest childhood obesity rates in Europe, around 15%.

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Some southern European countries: Italy, Malta and Spain, to name a few, have around one in five obese boys, and obesity rates among girls were only slightly lower. This is more than double the prevalence in northern European countries such as Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia and Norway, where obesity rates for boys and girls ranged between 5% and 9%.

The loss of traditional Mediterranean diets and the increased consumption of sugars and high calorie foods combined with particularly low levels of physical activity are the main reasons put forward.

Remember that the Mediterranean diet is typically characterized by a high consumption of foods based on fruits and vegetables and olive oil; moderate consumption of fish and poultry; low consumption of dairy products, red meats and sweets.


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