Bulgaria Has Fifth Largest Share of Obese Children in Europe – WHO
According to the latest figures of WHO, which were presented in Prague on Wednesday, Bulgaria has the fifth largest share of obese or overweight children under the age of five in Europe.
The results of an obesity forecast exercise, which were revealed at the European Obesity Conference, showed that the share of obese or overweight children in Bulgaria was 19.8 %.
Ireland had the largest share of obese or overweight children under the age of five – 27.5 %, followed by the United Kingdom with 23.1 %, Albania with 22 % and Georgia with 20 %.
Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic and Belgium had the lowest share of obese or overweight children under the age of five, respectively 0.6 %, 5.5 % and 7 %, the Guardian reports.
The data were presented by Dr Joao Breda, Programme Manager for Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.
Breda said that unless immediate action is taken, the share of obese or overweight adults in Europe will rise by 2030.
Another study, which was presented at the conference in Prague, concluded that obese or overweight children are more likely to leave school earlier than children with normal weight.
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