In its latest report, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of the growing weight gain of Europeans. According to the institution, 59% of adults and 33% of children living on the Old Continent are now overweight. “Overweight and obesity rates have reached epidemic proportions across the region and continue to rise,” the European branch of WHO said in a statement. After America, Europe is now the continent most affected by obesity. This increase is due in particular to the health crisis and the successive confinements, which have favored sedentary lifestyles and junk food.
Solutions to create a healthy environment. Faced with the scale of the phenomenon, researchers are calling on governments to implement “policy interventions that target the environmental and trade determinants of malnutrition.” Among the proposals adopted by the organization are the taxation of sugary drinks, the restriction of the marketing of food and beverages harmful to health targeting children or the improvement of the management of obesity by the system. health. As a reminder, overweight and obesity are associated with many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, and cause more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide each year.