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Ireland has one of the world's worst obesity rates

A new report shows Ireland is at risk of becoming the most obese country in Europe


Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news


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Ireland is at risk of becoming the most obese country in Europe in the next 10 years, according to a recent study. A study in The Lancet journal found the global population is set to get heavier on average by 1.5 kg every decade

In Europe, weight is above average especially in Cypriot, Irish and Maltese men. The UK has the third highest average BMI in Europe for women, the same as Ireland and Russia.

Almost a fifth of obese adults, some 118 million people, live in just six high-income English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.  

How is obesity calculated?

Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2).

The WHO definition is:

  • a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is overweight
  • a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obesity.

Find out more about BMI here.

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Published April 4th2016
Tags obesity healthy eating
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