Facts & figures

Today, over one third of adults across the world (1.46 billion people) are obese or overweight. More than 50% of the population in Europe is overweight whilst more than 20% is obese. Obesity is becoming one of the leading causes of death and disability. Physical inactivity is the first cause of death worldwide, responsible for 10% of deaths in Europe.

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Poor nutrition, overdoses of sugar and lack of physical activity cause cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Cardiovascular diseases cause 46 times the number of deaths and 11 times the disease burden caused by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Chronic diseases account for 86% of deaths in Europe, most of them linked to a mix of lifestyle risk factors. They represent 700-800 billion EUR/year of our health budgets in Europe. An obese person incurs 25% higher health expenditures than a person with normal weight.

The good news is that 75% of these diseases are preventable by a combination of simple changes in our lifestyle habits such as increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables, reducing the content of salt and added sugar in our diet, limiting our intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and preferably hydrating ourselves with water and by reducing our sedentary time with the promotion of regular physical activity/exercise…if the EU and YOU (together) ACT now!

Obesity OECD