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Confronting obesity in the Czech Republic


Against a backdrop of growing obesity levels across the EU, the Czech Republic holds the unfortunate distinction of having one of the region’s worst problems with excess weight. Studies suggest that over recent years the incidence of obesity has risen continuously. A 2010 research paper found that 23% of the adult Czech population was obese and 34% overweight.1 The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2025 two-thirds of adults in the Czech Republic (67%) will be either overweight or obese, up from 61% in 2015.2 This makes the projected Czech rate the joint 14th-highest among the 53 European countries examined by the WHO, highlighting the pan- European obesity epidemic identified in a recent report from The Economist Intelligence Unit on Confronting obesity in Europe.3

  1. M. Matoulek, S. Svacina and J. Lajka, “The incidence of obesity and its complications in the Czech Republic”, Vnitr Lek, 2010 Oct;56(10):1019-27.
  2. The UK Health Forum, Forecasting/projecting adulthood obesity in 53 WHO EU region countries; a report for the World Health Organisation, August 2015.
  3. The Economist Intelligence Unit, Confronting obesity in Europe: Taking action to change the default setting, November 2015. Available here

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