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Icelandic women the biggest in Western Europe

  • Easy access to fast food and eating 'on the run' may be a contributing factor to obesity. Photo/screenshot

Icelandic women over the age of twenty are the fattest in Western Europe, and Icelandic men are the second biggest. This is concluded by a newly released research by The Lancet, a global health journal.

Calculations based on people’s BMI (weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared), concluded that Icelandic men and women are too fat. Ruv.is, referencing the Guardian, explains that if one’s BMI is between 25 and 29.9, people are overweight. If one’s BMI goes over 30, people are considered obese.

In an scholarly article published by The Lancet, more Icelandic men than women are overweight or obese (percentage wise), but they only place second in Western Europe with 73.6% of all Icelandic men being overweight. Only Malta ‘beat’ Icelanders to the title with 74% of Maltese men overweight.

60.9% of Icelandic women are overweight or obese, granting them the title of the fattest women in Western Europe. The Maltese women follow fa(s)tly in their footsteps with 57.8% of Maltese women overweight.

According to the research, 2.1 billion of the world’s population is overweight or suffering from obesity. That’s an increase from 875 million in 1980. No country has managed to decrease the amount of obese people since the 80s, but a number of developed countries have been able to keep their numbers the same. 

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