The obesity problem has been on the rise in Spain for years and if it continues this way, 80% of men and 55% of women will be overweight by 2030, a recent study has revealed. According to WHO, the rates have nearly been tripling since 1975.
In accord with a recent study from the European Association for the Study of Obesity, half of the Spanish population will be overweight by 2030.
A report by UNICEF’s Spanish Committee holds that at least 40% of Spanish youth, ages 8 and 16, are overweight in the Iberian country.
“There are currently 25 million people with excess weight in Spain, three million more than a decade ago, thus in the conservative scenario, if the trend continues will be another 3 million more -16% more cases- by 2030” Dr Albert Goday and his team, researchers at the Barcelona hospital, have revealed.
“In men, excess weight is more usually up to the age of 50, from 50 onward, obesity rises among women. These are issues intrinsically linked to hormonal metabolism. From a certain age, it is harder for women to control their weight” the experts added.
They equally encouraged weight loss arguing that any small amount of weight loss can go a long way in reducing the risk of contracting one of the related sicknesses.
Being overweight comes with a greater threat of suffering numerous diseases like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cancer and other cardiovascular diseases. The Spanish Cardiology Magazine has indicated that an added 3billion euro might be needed by the country’s health system to combat the epidemic.
The major cause of overweight and obesity among youth includes; a sedentary lifestyle, poor nourishing practices in schools and lack of cooking at home, leading to more intake of fast-food and readymade dinners.
“Applying higher prices to certain products is a measure that has also been implemented in other countries” Dr Ana Luzon, dietary and nutritionist expert advised.
The Spanish government intents raising the IVA of high-calorie products, like fast food, pastries and soft drinks, to decrease consumption.
WHO reports holds that 44% of the diabetes problem, 23% of ischemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity. Amongst these are the major causes of death in Spain.