Thursday, February 19, 2009

Battle of the Bulge

Despite the launch of several high profile, government sponsored, programs to fight obesity, Germany still ranks as the fattest country in Europe. Based upon a study by the International Association for the Study of Obesity, it reports that Germans have the most overweight men and women and now matches the rate of the US. The study found that 75% of men and 59% of women were overweight (with a body mass index of 25+). The UK came close for women and the Czech Republic came in second for men. No surprise, a culture of beer and fatty foods are to blame, coupled with a non-active lifestyle. The school system has also come under fire for reducing physical education programs and serving low cost foods with high processed sugars. But the impact is tremendous, with an estimated $90 million a year. The only silver lining was that Germany was not the highest in rates of obesity (classified as a BMI above 30). Greece, the UK and several Eastern Europe countries take the cake for that one.

3 comments:

Marie Reed said...

It's just so darn easy to get fat in Germany! The food is so good! It's delicious in France too but far more expensive! I noticed that at the train station in Mannheim over the weekend. I ate three times as much as I would have in France... A Ditch pizza is 2.50.. then you can go to Nordsee and have a fish sandwich for another 2.50... then I big cookie coffee at Tchibo will run you just 2 eros! A measley little sandwich at the train station in France would put you back 6 Euros with a drink! ooops.. long comment!

Babooshka said...

I am not surprised at the UK being second. I feel skinny next to most people now. Great image.

FX said...

Just enjoy some paintings from Botero (my favourite painter) and then you don't feel guilty ... they are so beautiful !!! Bon appétit ...