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UK women 'fattest in Europe'

28th November 2011

The number of women in the UK who are obese is the highest out of 19 European countries, according to new figures.


The EU data, compiled by Eurostat, found that almost a quarter of women in the UK, 23.9%, were obese in the year 2008-09.

The number of obese men was highest in Malta, but the UK came second with 22% and Hungary was third with 21.4%. 

A person is defined as obese if their Body Mass Index (BMI) is above a certain level.

BMI scores are calculated using height and weight measurements. A score of 18.5 or below is underweight, 18.5 to 25 is ideal, 25-30 is overweight and above 30 is obese. 

The figures came from the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) and were published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. 

Although the UK figures were drawn from health data for England, recently published data for Scotland puts the number of obese adults at 28% of the population.

Malta came in at second place for the number of obese females, with 21.1%, and Latvia came third at 20.9%.

The lowest levels of obesity were found in Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and France. In Romania only 8% of women were obese and just 7.6% of men were obese.

The data also showed that the number of obese people decreased as the amount of education increased in the population. 


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