Survey: 4 in 10 Europeans feel they are overweight

obesityAlmost four in every 10 Europeans (38 percent) feel they are overweight, according to results of a health survey published Thursday.

According to the survey, only 55 percent of European Union (EU)citizens think that their weight is about right. Ninety-five percent agree that obesity is harmful for health.

"This survey provides us with valuable insights into the concerns of EU citizens on health and nutrition. EU citizens are aware there is a problem with overweight and obesity in Europe, and that much depends on their willingness to address it and change their lifestyle," said EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.

He said the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, is planning to develop proposals for a European strategy on the issue next year.

According to the survey, eating more vegetables and less fat are the most frequent changes that Europeans say they are introducing in their eating habits.

However, most respondents report feeling trapped in a sedentary life that restricts their attempts to lead a healthy lifestyle. Less than 30 percent of Europeans carry out "intensive" physical activity on a regular basis.

Eighty-three percent of respondents agree that childhood obesity has increased over the last five years. Nine out of 10 respondents consider that food advertising and promotion influences children in their food and drink choices.

Therefore, 85 percent of citizens feel public authorities should play a stronger role in fighting obesity, according to the survey.

source - Xinhua 

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