causes 1.2 million deaths a year in Europe

by Remy Morandi

In the general silence, more than two years after the start of pandemic from Covid-19 as obligated shutdown millions of people around the worldobesity became “an epidemicThis was condemned by the European Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) which he considers to be obesity and overweight cause 200,000 cases of cancer And 1.2 million deaths per year in Europe. The new report published by the WHO shows that none of the member states, includingItaly (we talked about this), both on their way to stopping weight gain among the population.

WHO sounds the alarm: obesity in Europe has become an epidemic, causing 1.2 million deaths a year

One in three children in Europe is overweight

The report of the World Health Organization is ready: in Europe 59% of adults (more than every other adult) and approx 30% of the children (about every third child) are overweight or living with obesity. And obesity and obesity are among the leading causes of death and disability in the region, second only to the United States. The WHO estimates an estimated 1.2 million deaths a year, equivalent to several 13% of mortality in total in the area. “Alarmingly – the report reads – there have been significant increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the WHO’s European region, and no Member State is on track to reach the target of halting the increase in obesity by 2025”. And in this scenario, covid-19 pandemic played the role ofworsenedsays the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

The health consequences of obesity

The WHO report was presented to the European Congress on Obesity, where, among other things, focus was also placed on the consequences of obesity for health. Obesity, reports the WHO, increases the risk of tumors, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes type 2, diseases respiratory chronic. It is considered to cause the least 13 different types of cancer and experts believe it is likely to be directly responsible for at least 200,000 new cancer cases a year across Europe, the WHO explains.

Obesity increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic respiratory disease

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of obesity cases

Two years after the start of the pandemic, Covid-19 has exacerbated the image of obesity in Europe. Obese and overweight people “have been disproportionately affected by the consequences of the pandemic,” WHO notes Europe. “There have been unfavorable changes in food consumption and in physical activity patterns which will have implications for the health of the population in the coming years and will require significant efforts “to address them. The World Health Organization report specifically recommends a range of interventions and policies that Member States can consider to prevent and tackle obesity in the region.

Not just diet and sports: the complex causes of obesity

Hans Kluge, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, commented that “obesity knows no borders. In Europe and Central Asia, no single country will meet the WHO’s global goal of halting the rise in obesity. The countries in our region are incredibly different, but each one is for a to some extent called for the challenge. “To reverse and reverse this trend, Director Kluge calls on the Member States to create”more enabling environments“to promote”investment and innovation in health“And develop”strong and robust health systems“.

For experts, obesity is a complex disease. Identifying the causes is much more complicated than just combining an unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. The first years of life, WHO experts point out, play a crucial role in the tendency to develop obesity when one grows up. Also environmental factors which characterize life in highly digitalized societies of modern Europe are determinants of obesity.

The WHO report considers various aspects among the causes that have gradually developed in recent years. From digital marketing of unhealthy foods for children to spread sedentary games online, there are many factors that contribute to the growing wave of obesity and overweight in the region. However, experts note that digital platforms can also play a positive role in the fight against obesity by providing opportunities to promote health and well-being.

What countries can do to tackle obesity

The WHO recalls that “the fight against obesity is fundamental to achieving the goals of sustainable development and is a priority also mentioned in the WHO’s European Work Program 2020-2025”. In particular, the World Health Organization outlines some specific policies that show “promise in reducing the level of obesity and overweight”. Among these are: fiscal policy interventions such assugar tax‘and supplements for healthy food; restrictions for the marketing of unhealthy foods for the children; improving access to obesity and overweight management services in primary health care as part of universal health coverage; efforts to improve diet and physical activity throughout the life course, including pre-conception and stages of pregnancy for women pregnancy; and still commitment to promotebreastfeedingefforts in school and to create environments that improve access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.

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