Excess weight is a major problem in Europe :

  • Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Its prevalence has tripled in many European countries since the 1980s
  • Over 50% of both men and women in Europe are overweight
  • Roughly 23% of women and 20% of men are obese
  • Approximately 35% of all European are insufficiently physically active


Overweight and obesity in women 

Overweight and obesity in men 


Source : WHO/Europe 2008, Country estimates