Italians have lowest obesity level in EU

Counter-trend among youth

13 October, 12:56

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    (ANSAmed) - MILAN, OCTOBER 13 - The Italian population has the lowest level of obesity in Europe at 10%, compared with 25% of the British.

    The figures were reported by Italian farmers association Coldiretti during Obesity Day at Expo Milano 2015. Italy, it added, has the lowest number of citizens in the European Union above age 15 suffering from obesity: one in ten, better than even Sweden (12%). Immediately after the Scandinavians come Austrians, the Danes and the French. At the other end are the British, one in four of whom is obese, worse than Luxembourg (23%), Hungary and Greece (20% each). Coldiretti noted that the Italian position ''is indubitably due to the long-term effects of the Mediterranean diet, with bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and a 'traditional' glass of wine consumed at meal times. Italians hold the record for longevity, with average life expectancy at 79.4 years for men and 84.5 for women, some of the highest in the world.'' The association added that the younger generation, however, is moving in the opposite direction: 30.7% are overweight or obese according to a 2014 survey conducted on third-year primary school students. Of concern is also the drop in household purchases of fruit and vegetables, which in 2014 fell to below 400 grams per person. (ANSAmed).

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