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More than every second German is overweight, as the Federal Statistical Office announced.
(02.06.2010) The Germans are getting fatter. According to the Federal Statistical Office, every second person in Germany is already overweight. In 2009, statistically, about 51 percent of adult women and men were overweight. On average, men are "fatter" than women. Around 60 percent of men and 43 percent of women in Germany are overweight.
Many people are overweight at a young age. With age, many gain weight even more. In 2009, 20 to 24 year olds were 29 percent of men and 18 percent of women overweight. Overweight is even more pronounced in the elderly. 74 percent of men and 63 percent of women aged 70 to 74 were overweight. In addition, the values vary depending on the relationship status you are taking. Singles were less obese than married or couples. Married men were 69 percent overweight. Single people, on the other hand, are only 43 percent overweight on average.
The Federal Statistical Office has evaluated its results from the data from the "Microcensus 2009". In the microcensus, randomly selected households are involved in the surveys. An average is then calculated from these results. The so-called body mass index (BMI) was used to assess whether the patient was overweight or not. The BMI is divided by the weight in kilograms and measured by the height in square. The gender and age remain unaffected by this calculation. According to the WHO, an adult is "normal weight" if he has a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. Those with a BMI under 18.5 are underweight. All people who count as "overweight" have a BMI over 25. Obesity is when a person has a BMI of 30.
Even slightly overweight increases the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. Unhealthy diet and little exercise often lead to obesity. Naturopathy knows several ways to effectively combat obesity. Fletchering offers one possibility. (sb)
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