Half the population of the European Union was overweight in 2019, and Hungary is not making the statistics better either.
To make the statistics, the BMI index was used, which shows the ratio between height and weight. From 18.5 to 24.99 is the typical result. Numbers below 18.5 show that the person is underweight and above 24.99 indicate that the person is overweight. In Europe, 51.3 % of people are overweight. – writes 24.hu.
Countries where the population is the most overweight, are Malta, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. In Italy, the ratio of overweight people is the lowest.
In Hungary, 2.7% of people are considered underweight. A little over one-third of the population has a normal BMI index, another one-third is overweight, and approximately a quarter of the people are severely overweight. 40% of men are overweight, and over 25% of men are severely overweight. The number of overweight women is lower; 52.1% compared to the 65.2% of overweight men.
Almost 63 % of the people between the age of 18 to 24 have a normal BMI index. People who have not finished more than 10 classes tend to be overweight. Among them, the ratio is 55%, mostly due to not being able to afford a healthy diet.
“In 2021, Hungary ranked first in the EU in terms of obesity and is at the 4th place in the world. During the pandemic, Hungarians gained an average of 3-5 kilogram weight.” – writes novekedes.hu.