This Is The Next Epidemic, Every Fourth European Is In Danger

The World Health Organization (WHO) today drew attention to the rise in obesity in Europe, where almost a quarter of the population is already overweight, with more than 1.2 million deaths a year.

According to a new WHO study, Europe has seen a 138% increase in obesity over the past 50 years, linked to a range of cancers and cardiovascular disease. The proportion of overweight and obese populations is reaching epidemic levels and is growing, the WHO warned.

Obesity causes at least 13 different types of cancer and is probably responsible for at least 200,000 new cases of cancer, the report said.

It is estimated that overweight and obesity are responsible for more than 1.2 million deaths a year. more than 13 percent of all deaths in the WHO European Region.

Restricting advertising

WHO has called for the policy changes to promote a healthy lifestyle. Among the proposals is a way to find a taxing sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidize healthy food and restricting advertising of unhealthy food to children.

The authors of the study pointed out that the causes of the current situation “is much more complex than simply that it is a combination of unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.” An important factor for modern Europe unique is the fact that it is a highly digitized society.

WHO European Region in which 53 countries, the proportion of obesity among the population behind only the USA.

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