The 19th of May is the Day against Obesity in Europe, which aims to broaden people’s knowledge about the severe aftermath this disease may cause. Népszava.hu revealed the current statistics on this issue for the occasion.
According to WHO’s data from 2016, there were 1.9 billion overweight people around the globe. Sadly, this number is three times bigger than what it used to be in 1975. The first three countries on the list, which have the most overweight citizens, are the United States of America, Mexico, and New Zeland. Unfortunately, Hungary got the fourth place with an unbelievable high rate of obesity among adults: 28 to 31 percent. In 2014, 60 percent of the women and 65 percent of the men were having weight problems among the Hungarians. Additionally, the number of overweight children has been rapidly increasing. In 2014, 21 percent of the children living in Budapest and Kecskemét (aged 4 to 10) weighed more than recommended.
Obesity is not only an aesthetic problem because it is related to cardiovascular diseases. These include high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, hampered respiration, depression, gallstone, and certain types of cancer.
In case of consuming only 100 grammes more than the suggested amount of calories every day, one will gain kilogrammes in a single year. To avoid any discomfort, one should create a balanced, healthy diet and take regular exercises seriously.
Tips to keep you fit
We have already reported many opportunities to stay in shape.
For starters, a little walking every day or shorter hikes are a perfect choice for exercise. To spice up your regular walking activity, we introduce you some arboretums that are worth exploring on foot. Additionally, you can read about the most beautiful hiking trails in Hungary here.
For those who are fond of biking, we recommend this article about the best biking tour guide about the beautiful Lake Balaton.