German men most overweight in Europe

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21 February 2007, Luxembourg (dpa) - Germany has more overweight and obese men than any other country in Europe, while Britain holds the record for women, the statistical office of the European Union said Tuesday. Figures published in the Eurostat yearbook showed 48 per cent of all German men were overweight and 18.8 per cent were obese. Malta (25.1 per cent), Britain (22.3 per cent) and Hungary (19.7 per cent) had more obese males in the population, but taken together with overweight men, the combined fig

21 February 2007

Luxembourg (dpa) - Germany has more overweight and obese men than any other country in Europe, while Britain holds the record for women, the statistical office of the European Union said Tuesday.

Figures published in the Eurostat yearbook showed 48 per cent of all German men were overweight and 18.8 per cent were obese.

Malta (25.1 per cent), Britain (22.3 per cent) and Hungary (19.7 per cent) had more obese males in the population, but taken together with overweight men, the combined figure was less than that for Germany, the figures showed.

The lowest percentages for overweight men were found in Latvia (32.5 per cent), Estonia (33.4 per cent) and France (35.1 per cent). The lowest shares of obesity for men were observed in Romania (7.7 per cent), and the Netherlands (7.9 per cent).

"In all member states a higher proportion of men were overweight than women," Eurostat said.

For women, the highest shares of obesity were found in Britain (23 per cent) and Germany (21.7 per cent), while the lowest were in Italy (7.9 per cent) and Austria (8.6 per cent).

Greece had the highest share of overweight women (36.5 per cent), followed by Britain (33.6 per cent) and Portugal (32.4 per cent). The lowest rates were in Austria (20.3 per cent), France (21.2 per cent) and Slovakia (22.4 per cent).

Eurostat based its calculations on the body mass index (BMI) - an individual's body weight divided by the square of his or her height. People with a BMI of 30 or more are classed as obese, while those with a BMI of 25-29.9 are considered overweight.

DPA

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