alexa Obesity in Europe: scaling an epidemic.
Diabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy

Author(s): Seidell JC

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Obesity, defined as a body mass index > 30 kg/m2 is relatively common in Europe especially among women and especially in Southern and Eastern European countries. Among men the distribution of body mass index values is surprisingly similar in most countries of Europe despite a large variability among women. Available data from European countries (Germany, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, England) suggest that the prevalence of obesity has been stable or (most often) increasing during the ninety-eighties. Publications from affluent countries outside Europe suggest similar trends. These trends suggest that public health policies recommending avoidance of overweight and the common practice of dieting fail to prevent an increase in the prevalence of obesity, let alone to reduce the prevalence. It is unclear which factors are responsible for weight gains in Europe. Continuing high fat intakes in combination with low physical activity and widespread cessation of smoking may contribute to the increasing prevalence although some studies suggest that increased prevalences are also found in smokers and non-smokers. Obesity as well as weight gain are both important and independent contributors to cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. More research is needed to elucidate the reasons for the large variation in the prevalence of obesity among European women and to the health risks associated with obesity in different European countries.
This article was published in Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

  • 13th World Congress on Obesity
    Aug 24-25, 2017, Toronto, Canada
  • 13th Euro Obesity and Endocrinology Congress
    Sep 21-23, 2017, Madrid, Spain
  • 14th Global Obesity Meeting
    Oct 23-24, 2017 Dubai, UAE
  • 16th International Conference and Exhibition on Obesity & Weight Management
    November 13-15, 2017 Atlanta,Georgia, USA

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords