A World Health Organization report on the dwindling health and expanding waistlines of the EU population has singled out Ireland as one of the worst offenders, suggesting that a staggering 89 per cent of all Irish men may be overweight or obese by the year 2030 if they don't stop with the crisps and biscuits.
The UK's not far behind either, with the WHO's stats claiming 74 per cent of men and 64 per cent of women in the UK will be similarly way too fat in 15 years time. The WHO was present at the European Congress on Obesity, where it made many other bleak warnings about the health of Europe, including a claim that obesity around the world has more than doubled since 1980 -- with 600 million people now classified as obese and a staggering 1.9 billion people merely overweight.
Dr Laura Webber, from the UK Health Forum that helped compile the data, said: "Policies to reverse this trend are urgently needed. Although there is no 'silver bullet' for tackling the epidemic, governments must do more to restrict unhealthy food marketing and make healthy food more affordable."
The EU-wide fattening-up trend is bucked by the Netherlands, where the number of overweight and obese people is estimated to fall by 2030. [Time]