Obesity rates increase to "epidemic" level in Europe, WHO warns

Europe is gaining on the obesity lead in the US, a new report conducted by the World Health Organization reveals, also stating that obesity could overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable cancers in Europe over the next few decades.

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Most Europeans are overweight and rising rates of obesity threaten to undermine the region’s reputation for having a population that’s thinner on average than Americans, a new report shows.

Turkey and the UK are among Europe’s most overweight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday in a report. The United Nations body said it’s declaring an “obesity epidemic” after finding that 59% of adults in Europe had a high body-mass index (BMI) in 2016.

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