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OECD: More and more overweight people live in Germany


Obesity and obesity continue to increase in OECD countries
Overweight is a widespread problem in many modern industrialized nations, which is affecting more and more children and adolescents. In Germany, the proportion of overweight adolescents is increasing faster than in the OECD trend, according to a recent study.

According to the OECD, more and more people in OECD countries are overweight or obese. On average, more than half of adults and one in six children are affected, the OECD reports in a recent report. The proportion of obese people has also increased in the past five years, albeit with a slowdown in momentum. This emerges from the latest OECD data on obesity and obesity.

Almost one in four people in Germany are obese
Obesity and overweight are particularly prevalent in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Hungary, according to OECD figures. In all four countries, more than 30 percent of the adult population is obese. In Japan and Korea, on the other hand, the proportion is only 3.7 and 5.3 percent, respectively. With a share of 23.6 percent (2012), Germany is also in a relatively high range. “Anyone who has a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 is considered obese. With a BMI of 25-30 one speaks of overweight, “explains the OECD.

More than 15 percent of teenagers are obese
Overweight and obesity are also a growing problem among adolescents, according to the OECD. In the 29 OECD countries for which this data is available, the proportion of overweight 15-year-olds rose from 12 to 15.5 percent between 2001/02 and 2013/14. Germany is roughly in the OECD average, but the proportion of overweight people in this country is growing at an above-average rate. "It rose from 11 to 16 percent in the same period," reports the OECD.

Strategies Against Obesity
The current OECD study also shows ways in which the proportion of overweight people can be significantly reduced. Experiences from individual OECD countries illustrate how governments can effectively support consumers in a healthy lifestyle. "Labels for labeling ingredients in combination with digital information campaigns have proven to be successful here," reports the OECD. In addition, in Chile, Iceland, Ireland or Mexico, advertising for unhealthy foods or drinks with a high sugar content was severely restricted by law. (fp)

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