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TLOZ Link5
July 10th, 2005, 04:50 PM
Obesity Higher in Some European Countries

The Proportion of Overweight or Obese Men Is Higher in Some European Countries Than in the U.S.

By JENNA PAYNE

The Associated Press

Mar. 15, 2005 - At least seven European countries now challenge the United States in size at least around the waistline. In a group of nations from Greece to Germany, the proportion of overweight or obese men is higher than in the U.S., experts said Tuesday in a major analysis of expanding girth on the European continent.

"The time when obesity was thought to be a problem on the other side of the Atlantic has gone by," said Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg's Minister of Health.

In Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Malta and Slovakia, a higher percentage of men are obese or overweight than the estimated 67 percent of men in the United States, according to a report from the International Obesity Task Force, a coalition of researchers and institutions.

The analysis was released as the 25-nation European Union announced an initiative to enlist the food and marketing industries in the fight against fat.

Obesity is especially acute in Mediterranean countries, underscoring concerns that people in the southern region are turning away from the traditional diet of fish, fruits and vegetables to fast food high in fat and refined carbohydrates.

In Greece, for example, 38 percent of women are obese, compared with 34 percent in the United States, the group said.

Even in countries with low rates of obesity, troubling trends are emerging. In France, obesity in women rose from 8 percent in 1997 to 11.3 percent in 2003, and from 8.4 percent to 11.4 percent in men.

The change in diets, which the obesity task force said has occurred over the past two decades, affects children most because it is reflected in school lunches.

The task force estimated that among the EU's 103 million youngsters the number of those overweight rises by 400,000 each year. More than 30 percent of children ages 7 to 11 are overweight in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta, it said.

That matches estimates for American children. Among American adults, about two-thirds are overweight or obese; nearly one-third qualify as obese.

The International Obesity Task Force, which is advising the European Union, had estimated in 2003 that about 200 million of the 350 million adults living in what is now the European Union may be overweight or obese.

However, a closer evaluation of the figures in the latest analysis indicated that may be an underestimate, according to the group.

To counter the worsening trend, the EU is pushing a united effort from the food and marketing industries, consumer groups and health experts.

"The industry is being challenged to demonstrate, transparently, that it is going to be part of the solution," Philip James, chairman of the IOTF said in a telephone interview after the launch of the program in Brussels.

"They have to say how much more money they will add to help solve the obesity problem. They have to put forward a plan on how exactly they are going to contribute year by year, and their contribution has to get bigger every year," he added.

The food industry says it will better inform consumers with detailed nutrition labels. The EU office also wants tastier healthy foods to compete with high-calorie, non-nutritious fare.

Studies have shown that being overweight can dramatically increase the risk of certain diseases, such as diabetes. Obesity is also linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, respiratory disease, arthritis and some types of cancer.

"We can have disastrous effects from (obesity) on health and the national economy," EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Fabrizio
July 10th, 2005, 05:33 PM
Let´s remember that this study points to only 7 out of 25 European union member countries. And countries like Cyrprus and Greece were never previously though of as "European".

Also the terminology is a bit strange: "In Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Malta and Slovakia a higher percentage of men are obese or overweight than the estimated 67 percent of men in the United States...". Well what is it: "obese" or "overweight"? There is a difference.

The US has by far a higher percentage of obese and super obese people.

Although the statistics in Europe (especially among children) show that we´re on the same path ...one look around and you´ll see that (at least for now) European people are generally much slimmer than Americans.

ZippyTheChimp
July 10th, 2005, 06:06 PM
Well what is it: "obese" or "overweight"? There is a difference.


Maybe they mean both.

It's a global village now...and it has golden arches.

AAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

No offense. I'm just following some medical advice.
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/06/11/211655.php

TLOZ Link5
July 10th, 2005, 11:02 PM
Let´s remember that this study points to only 7 out of 25 European union member countries. And countries like Cyrprus and Greece were never previously though of as "European".

Also the terminology is a bit strange: "In Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Malta and Slovakia a higher percentage of men are obese or overweight than the estimated 67 percent of men in the United States...". Well what is it: "obese" or "overweight"? There is a difference.

The US has by far a higher percentage of obese and super obese people.

Although the statistics in Europe (especially among children) show that we´re on the same path ...one look around and you´ll see that (at least for now) European people are generally much slimmer than Americans.

Yes, there are many nations in the European Union, but the fact that such figures are trending upward is disturbing. Even in some European nations where such figures do not surpass those of the U.S., they still just about match. In Britain, for instance, 63% of men are overweight or obese.

http://www.annecollins.com/obesity/uk-obesity-statistics.htm

When they say "overweight or obese," they mean being beyond a certain Body Mass Index (BMI) that is considered healthy or normal. You can be overweight and still not be obese, but if you're obese then it's implied that you're overweight — much like how a square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't always a square.

Frankly, my view on obesity is much like that of Stewie Griffin's in his venerable Guide to World Domination: I believe that it does nothing more than make us look like fools on the world stage.

"EVERY BEEF CHIMICHANGA YOU MINDLESSLY WOLF DOWN IS A SMALL VICTORY FOR THE TERRORISTS!"

Ninjahedge
July 11th, 2005, 09:42 AM
Um, go fig.

English men can be fat? Just look at that one cooking show where the woman DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS DUE TO OBESITY (I believe she had a heart attack) and see where some of this weight might be coming from.

"And in the roasting pan, be sure to save the fat as you pour it off. Now we need to ad 3 cups of butter to the mix and the bacon grease from earlier...."



As for Greece and Germany... Um, they never struck me as the sveltest of nations either. Finland? As one college classmate put it: "I am thin now, but look at my ankles!" (Meaning that most of her friends and family tended to start out thin through adolescence and younger adulthood, only to gain in their later years...).


I think it is a growing problem (pun intended) overseas, but at the same time, I think it is also indicative of people's laziness and unwillingness to watch after their own diets themselves!

It is one thing to blame McDonalds for all the world ills, but if you just did not GO there in the first place, maybe you would not have that extra 10 lbs of "love meat" around your waist that people find OH so attractive.

:p

bohemian rhapsody
July 12th, 2005, 08:02 PM
Um, go fig.

English men can be fat? Just look at that one cooking show where the woman DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS DUE TO OBESITY (I believe she had a heart attack) and see where some of this weight might be coming from.

"And in the roasting pan, be sure to save the fat as you pour it off. Now we need to ad 3 cups of butter to the mix and the bacon grease from earlier...."
:p

Oh man I remember that show. Wasn't it "Two Fat Ladies" or something like that? anyway, it was sick.

Is every person on earth going to be a big fatty one thousand years from now? It's pathetic.

BrooklynRider
July 12th, 2005, 09:33 PM
It's all a secret plot to fatten us up so the aliens can eat us.

Ninjahedge
July 13th, 2005, 08:38 AM
/me pokes BR


"I think he's done!!!!!"

TLOZ Link5
July 13th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Mwahaha. Hey Ninja, what was that you were saying about "love meat"?

Ninjahedge
July 13th, 2005, 02:39 PM
Around the WAIST you sicko perv!!!!!!

TLOZ Link5
July 13th, 2005, 02:40 PM
Around the WAIST you sicko perv!!!!!!

If there was any evil, it was in your mind only :-P

w00t, this is post #2500.

Ninjahedge
July 13th, 2005, 03:32 PM
If there was any evil, it was in your mind only :-P

w00t, this is post #2500.

You were thinking of salami, weren't you?

Or was it Olive Loaf?

BrooklynRider
July 14th, 2005, 10:04 AM
The article just shows that American's can't win at anything these days.

TLOZ Link5
July 14th, 2005, 11:49 AM
You were thinking of salami, weren't you?

Or was it Olive Loaf?

No comment :D