British are the most overweight in Europe, new study shows

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7225
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The United Kingdom has the most overweight and obese people in Europe, shows a set of new health profiles comparing the health of populations across the continent.

The profiles, the culmination of a major study to compare health inequalities across Europe at regional level, show that even London’s lower prevalence of obesity, at 18%, is still two percentage points higher than Sweden’s most obese region.

The findings also show that at 29% the West Midlands has the highest percentage of obese adults in the European Union, double the European Union average of 14%. By comparison the highest for any region in Germany is 19%.

The profiles, brought together by 12 …

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