December 16, 2018

2.4.1 Rising obesity

Among the 19 Member States for which data are available in 2008, the proportion of overweight and obese people in the adult population varied in 2008/09 between 36.9 % and 56.7 % for women and between 51 % and 69.3 % for men.

  • Implications for the egg sector ?-
    • Opportunity to highlight eggs as a healthy nutritious low fat food ….
    • A research study by Leatherhead Food Research and published in May 2011 in The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition has shown that eating eggs at lunchtime may be the key to prevent snacking. The study showed that an egg-based lunch can help people feel fuller for longer when compared with other common lunches with similar calorie counts. The authors concluded that “consumption of eggs for lunch has a stronger effect on satiety than other typically consumed carbohydrate-based lunches, and could represent a beneficial component of a diet aimed at controlling weight.”
    • Previous studies by US researchers have shown that eating eggs for breakfast has a strong effect on satiety – the feeling of fullness after eating – but this is the first major piece of research in the UK on the benefits of eating eggs at lunchtime.
    • Dr Carrie Ruxton, independent dietician and obesity expert, commented: “This research is good news for slimmers. Previous studies have shown that eating eggs for breakfast can increase satiety and help with weight loss, but many people don’t have time for a cooked breakfast. Now it seems that eating eggs at lunchtime has a similar effect on controlling appetite.
    • “Now that major heart health organisations have removed previous limits on egg consumption, due to research showing that dietary cholesterol is not an issue for heart health, there are more reasons than ever to eat eggs as part of a healthy diet.”
    • EU obesity overview – Eurostat 2004

    Research EUROSTAT 2008

    http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Overweight_and_obesity_-_BMI_statistics

    Overweight and obesity – men   (% of total population)

Overweight Obese total
Belgium 40.8 13.3 54.1
Bulgaria 46.3 11.6 57.9
Czech Republic 47.1 18.4 65.5
Germany 44.0 16.1 60.1
Estonia 38.9 16.0 54.9
Greece 46.6 17.6 64.2
Spain 45.5 17.0 62.5
France 39.3 11.7 51.0
Italy1 45.2 11.3 56.5
Cyprus 44.5 16.7 61.2
Latvia 44.5 12.0 56.5
Hungary 39.3 21.4 60.7
Malta 44.6 24.7 69.3
Austria 44.0 12.4 56.4
Poland 46.2 17.3 63.5
Romania 49.9 7.6 57.5
Slovenia 48.9 17.3 66.2
Slovakia 44.5 14.5 59.0
United Kingdom 43.7 22.1 65.8

Overweight and obesity – women   (% of total population)

Obese Overweight total
Belgium 14.7 26.6 41.3
Bulgaria 11.3 32.7 44.0
Czech Republic 18.3 29.8 48.1
Germany 15.6 28.8 44.4
Estonia 20.5 27.0 47.5
Greece 17.6 30.7 48.3
Spain 14.4 28.7 43.1
France 12.7 24.2 36.9
Italy 9.3 27.7 37.0
Cyprus 14.5 27.1 41.6
Latvia 20.9 32.5 53.4
Hungary 18.8 30.8 49.6
Malta 21.1 29.4 50.5
Austria 13.2 29.3 42.5
Poland 15.8 30.1 45.9
Romania 8.0 35.9 43.9
Slovenia 16.3 30.7 47.0
Slovakia 15.7 27.2 42.9
United Kingdom 23.9 32.8 56.7